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 BridgeFurniture), 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 that includes Anna Healy, Bosco Hogan, 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. In Spring 2023, The Last Return embarks on an 8-venue tour of Ireland.


Winner – Scotsman Fringe First Award 2022

Finalist – The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2022


★★★★★ ‘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 Druid production


Newspaper Man
Bosco Hogan

Military Man
Aidan Moriarty

Ticket Person
Anna Healy

Umbrella Woman
Rebecca O’Mara

Woman in Pink
Naima Swaleh


Sonya Kelly

Sara Joyce

Set and Costume Design
Francis O’Connor

Lighting Design
Amy Mae

Sound Design and Composition
Michael John McCarthy

Jessica and Megan Kennedy (Junk Ensemble)

Wabriya King

Hair and Make-Up
Gráinne Coughlan

Associate Costume Designer
Clíodhna Hallissey

Assistant Director
Katie O’Halloran

Thursday 9th – Saturday 11th February | 8pm | €25/23