Poison by Lot Vekemans, Translated by Rina Vergano
Orange Tree Theatre


Cast: Claire Price and Zubin Varla

Director Paul Miller
Designer Simon Daw
Lighting Designer Mark Doubleday
Sound Designer Composer George Dennis
Costume Supervisor Clio Alphas
Casting Rebecca Murphy
Photographs © Richard Davenport

★★★★ “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