Anna Jordan's play The Unreturning is a drama exploring the profound effect that war has on young people's lives, particularly in the aftermath of conflict. It was first performed on 20 September 2018 at Theatre Royal Plymouth, before touring the UK in a co-production between Frantic Assembly and Theatre Royal Plymouth.
The play revolves around three young men from Scarborough, a coastal town in the north of England, each of them coming home from war. Their stories, set at different times over more than a hundred years, are interwoven throughout: George is an army private, taking leave after the loss of his section in the trenches in 1918; Frankie is a squaddie who is sent back home to face justice for attacking an Iraqi civilian in 2013; and Nat, in 2026, is an exile from civil war in the UK, fleeing a squalid Norwegian refugee camp in the hope of finding his brother.
The original production was directed by Neil Bettles, with set and video design by Andrzej Goulding. It was performed by Jared Garfield (as Frankie), Joe Layton (as George), Jonnie Riordan (as Nat) and Kieton Saunders-Browne (as Finn).