What’s Your Poison? to go on tour in autumn 2023


Steve Orme’s true-crime Victorian murder mystery What’s Your Poison? is to go on a tour in autumn 2023.

Derbyshire-based Rumpus Theatre Company is to stage this “fascinating” new play about the 19th century doctor William Palmer, otherwise known as the Rugeley Poisoner. He is a respectable member of the medical profession . . . so why do so many people around him die suddenly, and without apparent explanation?

What’s Your Poison is seen from both the atmospheric Victorian perspective – the doctor, his family and friends, and his trial – and also a contemporary 21st century perspective, with a young couple captivated by this true-crime case. It has a “delicious final twist!”

The play will have its opening night at the Rose Theatre, Kidderminster before going to Stafford Gatehouse in Staffordshire – the county which was home to the infamous doctor.

Pictured: John Goodrum from Rumpus fine-tuning the script with Steve.

Here are the venues and dates where you can see What’s Your Poison?

Fri 29 Sept
Sat 14 Oct
Tues 17 Oct
Thurs 19 Oct
Sat 21 Oct
Wed 25 Oct
Thurs 26 Oct
Fri 27 Oct
Sat 28 Oct
Sat 4 Nov
Sat 18 Nov
Tues 21 Nov
Wed 22 Nov
Fri 24 Nov


John Goodrum from Rumpus Theatre Company and Karen Henson from Tabs Productions were on Ian Skye’s show on BBC Radio Derby. Here’s an excerpt where they talk about the tour of WHAT’S YOUR POISON?


Details about the cast and creative team will be posted here along with rehearsal pictures. Please check back for additional dates.

Here’s a trailer for the production:


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