A Frantic Assembly and Theatre Royal Plymouth production

The Unreturning

By Anna Jordan

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I want to return to my home. I want a hero's welcome: fanfares and brass bands and sausage rolls and jägerbombs. I want to lie under the skylight on my mum's bed and watch clouds. I want to go out in my hometown, drink and dance and shout for no reason! I want to sing in the streets and puke in the gutter and they will never know. None of them will ever know what I...

A British northern coastal town. Three young men are coming home from war. Their stories, set at different times over the last 100 years, are beautifully interwoven in this compelling new play by Anna Jordan (Yen, Royal Court Theatre, Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2013).

Directed by Neil Bettles (Associate Director of Frantic Assembly) and featuring Frantic's celebrated physicality, The Unreturning explores the profound effect that war has on young lives, and asks - what does coming home really mean? What is home? And when experience has shattered you into a million pieces, will home help to put you together again, or treat you as an ugly truth it does not want to confront?

Suitable for ages 14+
Contains themes of war and loss, with loud bangs, strong language and flashing lights throughout. If there are certain themes that you would find particularly upsetting and you’d like to speak to us about the show before you book, please call our Box Office team on 01243 781312 or email the team on box.office@cft.org.uk

Prologue 17 Lime Teal.

Prologue tickets available now

Cast & Creatives


  • Joe Layton

  • Jared Garfield

  • Jonnie Riordan

  • Kieton Saunders-Browne


Creative team

Anna Jordan


Neil Bettles


Andrzej Goulding

Set and Projection Design

Pete Malkin

Sound Design

Zoe Spurr

Lighting Design

Jessica Williams

Associate Director

Lily Arnold

Costumer Design


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February 2019
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Age Guidance 
Ages 14+
Running Time
1 hour and 45 minutes with no interval
Contains loud bangs, very strong language and flashing lights throughout.