A dramatic and provocative play about the lives of five women and a teenage boy seeking sanctuary in a women’s refuge, written in response to the closure of safe houses in Falkirk. Refuge weaves together the lives of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. It is powerfully moving, disturbing, and, at times, achingly funny. It’s a story about what happens when refuge is not a place, but a way of life.

Stellar Quines commissioned Janet Paisley to write Refuge (her first full-length play) in 1995.  In 1996, Refuge won the Peggy Ramsay Award for the development of new writing.


A genuine talent for casting spells, evoking mood and exploding moments into worlds. (Scotland on Sunday )

Production Tour Dates

  • 13 – 23 March, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
  • 26 – 29 March, Dundee Rep
  • 9 – 19 April, Tron Theatre, Glasgow
  • 21 April, Paisley Arts Centre
  • 25 – 26 April, Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling

Refuge (1997)

Refuge was a world premiere

Creative Team

  • Writer: Janet Paisley
  • Director : Gerda Stevenson
  • Designer: Karen Tennant
  • Producer: Morag Ballantyne
  • Lighting Designer : Jeanine Davies
  • Movement : Ethelinda Lashley-Johnstone


  • Anne Downie
  • Carolyn Konrad
  • Libby McArthur
  • Bridget McCann
  • Rosaleen Pelan
  • Jonathan Strange
Images © Murdo MacLeod