The Last Return

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.

Druid’s world premiere production of The Last Return will open at Galway International Arts Festival this summer before touring to Traverse Theatre as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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

'wickedly insightful'
The Irish Times on Furniture


8 - 23 July 2022
The Mick Lally Theatre
Galway International Arts Festival

Galway tickets are sold through both Druid's box office and GIAF's box office.

If tickets are sold out at one box office, please check the other.

4 - 28 August 2022
Traverse Theatre
Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh tickets are sold through Traverse Theatre's box office.

Running time: 1 hour 20 minutes (no interval)

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Druid is core funded by the Arts Council. The Last Return at Edinburgh Festival Fringe is supported by Culture Ireland.

Rehearsal Images

First Day of Rehearsals



  • 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
  • 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