By Catherine Dyson

Part of 37 Plays, a national playwriting project to create a series of 37 brand new plays that reflect the world we live in today.


You are an audience in a theatre, in 2023. You are a class of Year 9 schoolchildren on a trip with your teacher. You are the citizens of a European city in 1939, watching the storm clouds gather on the horizon.

The Last Picture invites you on a journey told through pictures which chart the course of a familiar part of our history. It tells the parallel stories of a contemporary school trip, and the unfolding horrors of the Holocaust, through the eyes of Sam, an emotional support dog. Sam will take care of you. Sam will make sure that everyone is okay.

This is a play which explores the power and limits of our empathy, and asks us to look at our shared past and present in a new way. It’s a story of us, of Europe and of now.

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Playwright age category: 18+


Pippa Hill, RSC New Work Team

"This play was love at first sight for me. I could read it again and again. Generous, original and powerfully resonant."

About the playwright

Catherine is a writer and performer living in Cardiff. She is Associate Artist with RedCape Theatre and Theatr Iolo. Current and recent writing work includes: The Egg Man (BBC Radio 4), Bitcoin Boi (Riverfront Theatre), I Will Still Be Dreaming (2nd Prize winner in Arch 468 Hope Playwriting Prize), On Track (RedCape Theatre), Believers (South Street Arts Centre), Thunder Road (RedCape Theatre) and Transporter (Theatr Iolo). She is currently working on a new version of Peter Pan for the Sherman Theatre and a new play for RedCape Theatre, The Luminous.

In partnership with York Theatre Royal