Dead Man’s Hat

world premiere of this play touring to venues throughtout the South West of England.

Cast & Crew


A Killer
A Killer
A Saloon Singer
Anne Watson
Cullen Masters
Frank Dolan
Jim Averill
Kate Watson
Old Mr Dickson
Young Mr Dickson


Lighting Design
Stage Manager


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Play description

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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