by Anna Bro
translated by Paul Russell Garrett
Somewhere in Denmark, former fishermen and other colourful characters continue to frequent the local port establishment even though the last ship has long since left the harbour. Outside there is no fishing industry left and the harbour has been taken over by landlubbers – inside the fishermen continue to show up at 5 a.m. for their first beer of the day and tell stories from the good old days. Things slowly begin to change one day when a young girl and her boyfriend stumble in from the cold seeking shelter.
Who are these people and why do they keep returning when there is nothing left for them to do? How do they react when everything around them starts to change? And where would they all go if the warmhouse were to close one day?
The Warmhouse is a simultaneously heartrending and heartwarming play about belonging, about our need for community and a sense of place.
The staged readings are supported by the Danish Arts Foundation.