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The Last Return

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By Sonya Kelly

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, The Last Return is a thrilling comedy about conflict, peace and the pursuit of territory at any cost.

Duration 90 mins, no interval / 14+

Please note that this production contains adult themes, strong language, strobe lighting and depictions of violence to others.

 The Last Return Cast

Cast includes:
Ticket Person - Anna Healy
Newspaper Man - Bosco Hogan
Military Man - Aidan Moriarty
Umbrella Woman - Rebecca O'Mara
Woman in Pink - Naima Swaleh

Creative Team:
Writer - Sonya Kelly
Director - Sara Joyce
Set and Costume Design - Francis O'Connor
Lighting Design - Amy Mae
Sound Design and Composition - Michael John McCarthy
Movement - Jessica and Megan Kennedy (Junk Ensemble)
Dramatherapy - Wabriya King
Hair and Make-Up - Gráinne Coughlan
Associate Costume Designer - Clíodhna Hallissey
Assistant Director - Katie O’Halloran


Winner - Scotsman Fringe First Award 2022
Finalist - The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize


★★★★★ 'a true work of genius' - The Times

★★★★★ 'astonishingly original' - What's On Stage / ★★★★★ 'blisteringly funny' - The Arts Desk / ★★★★★ 'a spectacular piece of theatre' - The Wee Review / ★★★★★ 'astonishing dark comedy' - Feeling Good / ★★★★★ ‘a compelling piece of theatre’ – Mickey Jo Theatre / ★★★★ 'pitch black comic mayhem' - The Guardian / ★★★★ 'a shocking and very funny play' - The Irish Times / ★★★★ 'elegant and powerful ... beautifully delivered' - The Scotsman / ★★★★ 'a scathing satire' - Fest Mag / ★★★★ 'remarkably clever' - The Reviews Hub / ★★★★ 'hilarious, thought-provoking’ - The Arts Review / ★★★★ 'racks up the tension and laughs superbly' - British Theatre

'wonderful ... unexpectedly touching' - The New York Times

'Sonya Kelly establishes herself as a major Irish playwright' - Irish Independent

'hottest ticket in town ... hilarious' - Sunday Independent / 'shocking and side-splitting' - Business Post / 'may well be both the funniest and most politically devastating play on the Fringe this year' - The National / 'exquisitely crafted ... a masterclass in modern drama' - Sunday Mail / 'a masterclass in characterisation and comedic timing' - FringeReview / 'a very smart play which makes you laugh and wince in equal measure' - Lyn Gardner for Stagedoor / 'mad and caustically brilliant' - Connacht Tribune / 'Kelly has re-imagined Ionesco for the post-colonial era' - My Theatre Mates