'Point Valaine is a small island situated a mile or so south of one of the larger British West Indies. In the evening and the morning, when the light is clear, the coast of Venezuela can be seen, dim and mysterious, like a bank of clouds on the horizon.'
So begins Coward's Point Valaine, setting the sultry and oppressive mood that permeates the play. In his introduction, Sheridan Morley describes the play as 'a valiant attempt to break entirely new ground; [Coward] was experimenting with new moods and feelings, above all trying to find ways to convey a sense of impending horror on the stage without, until the bitter end, being forced to give any actual reason for it.'
Point Valaine premiered in Boston, in 1934; it was not produced in Britain until 1947.