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14/05/2019 - 18/05/2019

BOVTS: Directors’ Cuts – Poison

BOVTS | Drama

Wardrobe Theatre

Directed by Sara Aniqah Malik
Designed by Oscar Selfridge

English translation by Rina Vergano

A man and a woman
Who’ve lost a child
Who first lost a child
And then…each other

Nearly a decade after the burial of their son,
HE and SHE have broken apart. But when they
are confronted with the news that their son’s
cemetery is closing and his grave must be
relocated, they are forced to reunite. Angry,
jaded, but ever curious, they meet.

Unearthing wounds once silenced, their meeting
becomes an exercise in manipulation, a grapple
of the past, and a fight for domination.

Poison is a simple but searing play about grief,
love, and the will to move on.

By arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

Image Credit: Craig Fuller


The Directors’ Cuts season is a programme of contemporary theatre presented by the four graduating directors from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and featuring work by acting, design and production students. Now in its thirteenth year and at The Wardrobe Theatre for the third time, the Directors’ Cuts season is firmly established in the Bristol theatre calendar. It has a reputation for showcasing fresh, vibrant and cutting edge theatre work by some of the finest emerging talent in UK theatre. Diverse and highly charged, this is a season of provocative plays which all have an important relevance in today’s society.

“Contemporary drama with extraordinary insightfulness, vivacity and theatrical prowess.”
Jenny Stephens, Artistic Director, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School