Rave reviews for The Last Return

Sonya Kelly's new comedy earns rave reviews from critics

11 August 2022

We're thrilled to see our world premiere production of Sonya Kelly's The Last Return receive critical acclaim from critics.

★★★★★ 'astonishingly original'
What's On Stage

★★★★★ 'blisteringly funny'
The Arts Desk

★★★★★ 'a spectacular piece of theatre'
The Wee Review

★★★★★ 'astonishing dark comedy'
Feeling Good

★★★★ '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

'hottest ticket in town ... hilarious'
Sunday Independent

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

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

'shocking and side-splitting'
Business Post

'a very smart play which makes you laugh and wince in equal measure'
Lyn Gardner for Stagedoor

'mad and caustically brilliant'
Connacht Tribune

The Last Return is directed by Sara Joyce who also directed our world premiere production of Sonya Kelly's Once Upon a Bridge in 2021.

The Last Return is currently running at Traverse Theatre as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe until 28 August. It will then transfer to Dublin's Gate Theatre as part of Dublin Theatre Festival, 13 October - 5 November.

Image: Naima Swaleh, Fionn Ó Loingsigh, Anna Healy and Fiona Bell in The Last Return by Sonya Kelly, photo by Ste Murray.