There is a Danish theatre takeover in London this week with the UK premiere of Anna Bro’s play about a group of Danish fishermen who have long missed the last boat in their community. The fishing industry has sunk without trace, but the ex-fishermen still turn up to drink together and tell stories about how the past was better. But then two outsiders arrive. Directed by Danish director in London, Trine Garrett, this award-winning play about belonging and community is produced by Foreign Affairs, a London based company focussed on international collaboration.
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 in an ever-changing world. Location: Rose Lipman Building 43 De Beauvoir Road London N1 5SQ