The Last Return by Sonya Kelly - Lime Tree Theatre

The Last Return by Sonya Kelly

Presented by Druid
Written 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?

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

The Last Return by Sonya Kelly

Last Return

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The Last Return is a new play by acclaimed playwright Sonya Kelly (Once Upon a Bridge, Furniture), 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. 

★★★★★ ‘a true work of genius’ The Times 

★★★★ ‘a shocking and very funny play’The Irish Times 

★★★★ ‘pitch black comic mayhem’The Guardian 

★★★★ ‘hilarious, thought-provoking’The Arts Review 

★★★★★ ‘astonishingly original’What’s On Stage 

★★★★ ‘racks up the tension and laughs superbly’ British Theatre 

★★★★★ ‘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 

★★★★ ‘elegant and powerful … beautifully delivered’ – The Scotsman 

★★★★ ‘a scathing satire’Fest Mag 

★★★★ ‘remarkably clever’ – The Reviews Hub 



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


  • Please note all ticket prices include a booking charge.
  • No exchanges or refunds.
  • Wheelchair spaces can only be booked over the phone. Please call box office on (061) 953400 if you wish to book a wheelchair space.
  • No late comers admitted to the theatre once show commences.
  • Limited parking available for patrons, please arrive early. Disability and bus parking on campus.

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