Scotsman Fringe First Award for The Last Return

Druid play wins Edinburgh Festival Fringe award

Druid Theatre Company's production of Sonya Kelly’s new play The Last Return has won a Scotsman Fringe First Award at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Directed by Sara Joyce, The Last Return, has already earned the acclaimed playwright a nomination for The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, while Once Upon a Bridge was nominated for Best New Play at the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards in 2021, and Furniture won the Stewart Parker Trust Award in 2019.

Having received its world premiere in July at Galway International Arts Festival, the play was awarded The Scotsman Fringe First Award which celebrates the best new writing at the festival.

The Last Return is a thrilling comedy about conflict, peace and the pursuit of territory at any cost. 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?

Sonya Kelly has enjoyed previous success at Edinburgh Festival Fringe with her debut play, The Wheelchair on My Face, which won a Scotsman Fringe First award in 2012, while How to Keep an Alien, playing at the Traverse Theatre in 2015, was described by critics as ‘a treat, and one to fall in love with’ (The Guardian ). Druid has been touring to Edinburgh since the 1980s, to both the International Festival and the Festival Fringe, and has won many Scotsman Fringe First and Herald Angels awards over the years.

The play will continue in Edinburgh until the end of August before returning to Ireland where it heads to the Gate Theatre in Dublin from October 13 to November 5.


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