The Last Return

Presented as part of Galway International Arts Festival 2022

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 Fiona Bell, Anna Healy, Bosco Hogan, Fionn Ó Loingsigh and Naima Swaleh.

'packs a terrific, touching punch'
Sunday Independent on Once Upon a Bridge

'wickedly insightful'
The Irish Times on Furniture

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Tickets are sold through both Druid's and GIAF's box offices. If tickets are sold out at Druid's box office, please check GIAF's box office.

The Cavalcaders

Ahead of The Last Return, our next production is a revival of Billy Roche's classic play The Cavalcaders.

Touring 10 venues around Ireland from May to July, The Cavalcaders takes you on a journey back in time to the 1990s, to heartache, companionship and the redemptive power of song.



  • Umbrella Woman Fiona Bell
  • Ticket Person Anna Healy
  • Newspaper Man Bosco Hogan
  • Military Man Fionn Ó Loingsigh
  • Woman in Pink Naima Swaleh

Creative Team

  • Writer Sonya Kelly
  • Director Sara Joyce
  • Set and Costume Design Francis O'Connor
  • Lighting Design Amy Mae
  • Associate Costume Designer Clíodhna Hallissey
  • Assistant Director Katie O’Halloran