The slab room is a
small, paint-spattered room. It is full of clutter - there are stacks of dirty pottery dishes and paper, rags and rug samples
litter the shelves and floor.
The messy and cluttered feel of the set is reflective of the Slab Boy’s low standards and lazy attitude and instantly informs the audience that this is not a disciplined and slick operation. The shabby condition of the room also reflects the bleak outlook for the Slab Boys
By containing all the action in this one space, Byrne is able to create a sense of claustrophobia. The Slab Boys are constrained in this place - they seem trapped within it and this justifies their continual dreams of escape.
The set is covered in paint and disorganised equipment. There is a window at the back of the room, above the sink, which looks onto the factory sheds, and a broom cupboard (where Hector is hidden), at the side of the room. The staging allows for various entrances and exits to take place in quick succession. This contributes to the high-speed farce-like action and pace of the play.
The only specified set item which does not serve a useful function in the slab room is a poster of James Dean which hangs on the wall, symbolic of youthfulness and rebellion.
Next to the slab room, but unseen by us, is the design room. It is here that Slab Boys dream of moving to one day - a dream which is physically close, but metaphorically far.