Cast - National Tour 2023
- Ticket Person Anna Healy
- Newspaper Man Bosco Hogan
- Military Man Aidan Moriarty
- Umbrella Woman Rebecca O'Mara
- Woman in Pink Naima Swaleh
Not all good things come to those who wait.
One final night. One last chance. Five people queue for a ticket to the hottest show in town. All they must do is simply wait in line. But what in life is ever simple?
Who will triumph, who will fail, and who will walk away with… The Last Return?
A new play by acclaimed playwright Sonya Kelly (Once Upon a Bridge, Furniture), The Last Return is a thrilling comedy about conflict, peace and the pursuit of territory at any cost.
Sara Joyce (Once Upon a Bridge) directs a cast of Anna Healy, Bosco Hogan, Aidan Moriarty, Rebecca O'Mara and Naima Swaleh.
Druid’s world premiere production of The Last Return opened at Galway International Arts Festival 2022 and then played Edinburgh Festival Fringe (where it won a Fringe First Award) and Dublin Theatre Festival at the Gate Theatre. In spring 2023, The Last Return embarks on an 8-venue tour of Ireland.
Winner - Scotsman Fringe First Award 2022
Winner - Best Ensemble, Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2022
Winner - Best Supporting Actress, Anna Healy, Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2022
Finalist - The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2022
★★★★★ 'a true work of genius'
★★★★★ 'astonishingly original'
What's On Stage
★★★★★ 'blisteringly funny'
The Arts Desk
★★★★★ 'a spectacular piece of theatre'
The Wee Review
★★★★★ 'astonishing dark comedy'
★★★★★ 'a compelling piece of theatre'
Mickey Jo Theatre
★★★★ 'pitch black comic mayhem'
★★★★ 'a shocking and very funny play'
The Irish Times
★★★★ 'elegant and powerful ... beautifully delivered'
★★★★ 'a scathing satire'
★★★★ 'remarkably clever'
The Reviews Hub
★★★★ 'hilarious, thought-provoking'
The Arts Review
★★★★ 'racks up the tension and laughs superbly'
'Hottest ticket in town ... hilarious'
'wonderful ... unexpectedly touching'
The New York Times
'Sonya Kelly establishes herself as a major Irish playwright'
'may well be both the funniest and most politically devastating play on the Fringe this year'
'exquisitely crafted ... a masterclass in modern drama'
'shocking and side-splitting'
'a masterclass in characterisation and comedic timing'
'a very smart play which makes you laugh and wince in equal measure'
Lyn Gardner for Stagedoor
'Kelly has re-imagined Ionesco for the post-colonial era'
My Theatre Mates
'mad and caustically brilliant'
Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes (no interval)
Content warning: Please note that this production contains adult themes, strong language, strobe lighting and depictions of violence to others
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Druid is core funded by the Arts Council. The Last Return at Edinburgh Festival Fringe was supported by Culture Ireland.