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IKEA employee Laurence prepares to give a presentation to new recruits. But behind the scenes, he is in the midst of a crisis following a brutal breakup and the death of his mother, and IKEA becomes his only safe haven. Locking himself in the store overnight, his reflections turn to guilt, environmentalism, mortality, spiders and the imaginary security guard that appears from nowhere. 


Refuge is a one-man play about loneliness and Western angst, mass produced furniture and much much more.

By Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson
Translated by Philip Roughton


Laurence: Martin Donaghy


Director: Jack Nurse
Designer: Cara Evans
Stage Manager: Bethan Shaw


Festival Director: Camilla Gürtler

Festival Coordinator: Maria Laumark

Production Manager: Charlotte Brown

Marketing Manager: Sasha Butler

Technical Manager: Sam Osborne

PR: Chloé Nelkin Consulting

Live Stream: Theatrical Solutions

Photography: Oli Kearon, Fay Summerfield

Graphic Design: Sofi Lee-Henson

Video: Alex Hein Hartvigsen

With thanks to the team at Jacksons Lane

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