Dead Man’s Hat
world premiere of this play touring to venues throughtout the South West of England.
Cast & Crew
|A Killer||Andrew Howard|
|A Killer||David Plimmer|
|A Saloon Singer||Gill Nathanson|
|Anne Watson||Andrea Gascoigne|
|Cullen Masters||James Lailey|
|Frank Dolan||David Plimmer|
|Jim Averill||James Lailey|
|Kate Watson||Gill Nathanson|
|Old Mr Dickson||James Lailey|
|Young Mr Dickson||David Plimmer|
|Lighting Design||Andy Shewan|
|Stage Manager||Andy Shewan|
A psychological Western based on the simple notion of turning the premise of “Shane” on its head. A gunslinger arrives at a small Wyoming homestead and gets caught up in the battle between corporate (cattle ranching) and individual (farming). In “Shane” the gunslinger is at best a good man trying to go straight. In “Dead Man’s Hat”, Clay, the gunslinger, is the all-American psychopath, intent on destroying the very thing he wants most, a family. The Western has traditionally been a genre which critics have ignored or spurned but audiences enjoy. The best of the genre are metaphores and achieve a tragic grandeur akin to Greek drama. “Dead Man’s Hat” reaches out in that direction. (taken from Charles Way’s introduction to “Three Plays” published by Seren Drama).
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