When we booked it, we really liked the sound of this modern Dutch two-hander about loss and relationships.
Poison has been very well received and reviewed, both in its original award-winning Dutch form and in this translation at The Orange Tree.
Excellent cast – it seemed like only a few weeks ago that we’d seen Zumin Varma in the round in West London – directed by the ever-reliable Paul Miller.
Yet for some reason this piece simply did not press our buttons. Perhaps Janie and I had seen this subject matter covered with more power elsewhere. Perhaps the characters came across as rather stiff and cold to us, rather than the bottled-up emotion that (I suspect) was supposed to be portrayed.
It is a short piece and is (as more or less always at the Orange Tree) thoughtfully designed and produced in the round. So don’t necessarily take our word for it.
Did we go to Don Fernando to chow down afterwards? You can bet your sweet fabada we did.