Poison

BY LOT VEKEMANS, TRANSLATED BY RINA VERGANO
2 November 2017 — 2 December 2017

★★★★ “superbly acted... compelling viewing.” Michael Billington, The Guardian - Read the full review

★★★★ "Paul Miller’s meticulously calibrated production... Claire Price and Zubin Varla give performances of fine detail that are at once subtle and wincingly raw... It’s cool, lucid and heartbreaking." Sam Marlowe, The Times - Read the full review

★★★★ “deeply felt. At first Zubin Varla’s He is bruised but stoical, whereas Claire Price’s She seems both more genial and more damaged. Yet soon enough their positions shift and the play starts to feel like an absorbing dance around the truth, in which tenderness and starkness alternate and the awkward cadences of debate are chasteningly authentic.” Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard - Read the full review

★★★★ “This delicate and compassionate study of grief… It demands precise and compelling performances and Claire Price and Zubin Varla respond with moving, painstaking detail.” Sarah Hemming, FT - Read the full review

★★★★ “a strong, richly drawn pair of performances. Claire Price mingles desperation and resourcefulness: she’s witty, and angry, and lost in a kind of bitter fatalism. Played by Zubin Varla, her former partner is unworldly and distant, meeting her grief with philosophical abstraction.” Alice Saville, Time Out - Read the full review

"...The delicacy of the acting is exceptional as Varla and Price explore a couple who share a past that they can never escape, whatever the future holds." Jane Edwardes, The Sunday Times 

★★★★ "the two performances are finely detailed" The Arts Desk - Read the full review

★★★★ “There is a wonderful chemistry between the couple, with prickling resentment fused with flashes of the happy relationship that obviously once existed." Aliya Al-Hassan, Broadway World - Read the full review

★★★★ "gripping performances... both actors are superb" Owen Davies, Plays to See - Read the full review

★★★★★ “Difficult, pain-ridden, yet in parts amusing, Poison’s triumph is rooted in the writing – and in Paul Miller’s production, this writing really is given the opportunity to shine.” Amy Stow, London Theatre 1 - Read the full review

‘A Remarkable Examination of Grief and Healing’ Victoria Sadler - Read the full review

"An honest, deeply humane, hurtingly powerful 80 minutes of theatre. Fine cast, fine direction from Paul Miller" Dan Rebellato on Twitter