the warmhouse

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.


UK and English language premiere

Original title:


: ensemble

Frank Andrew Barton
Connie Debbie White
Skipper Gavin Duff
Seba Irene Panni
Pia Maura Duffy
Arnold Odne Stenseth
Sven Will Timbers

: production team

Direction Trine Garrett
Movement Franck Jeuffroy
Vocal support Laura Neel

Design Trine Garrett with the company
Lighting consultant Roland Glasser
Technical stage management Pembe Tokluhan

Production Camila França & Trine Garrett


Rose Lipman Building
43 De Beauvoir Rd
N1 5SQ

nearby public transport

The nearest station is Haggerston Overground (a 10-minute walk from the venue).


When you reach the Rose Lipman Building, please use the side entrance on Downham Road with the yellow sign ARCHIVE (walk down the ramp). The entrance will be clearly signposted.

Supported by The Mill Co. Project, Danish Arts Foundation (staged reading 2018) and the Embassy of Denmark, London.

thanks to
Claire Martin, Drucilla Burrell, Frank Sweeney, HSS Hire Hackney, Ben Stanley, Eric Stanley, Paul Russell Garrett and all of our Foreign Affairs members.

Images by Luca Migliore

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