Theatre (comedy, new writing)

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  • Assembly Rooms - Front Room
  • 17:10
  • Aug 24
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Phil and Will
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 14 and above (14+)(Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Scenes of Violence, Strobe Lighting, Strong Language/Swearing)
  • Accessibility: May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


'If you're gonna kill a man, better make sure you do it properly. First rule of a murder'. Gun is a one-man comedy western written and performed by a quarter of Fringe favourite sketch troupe Clever Peter ('fast, witty, clever, stupid' (Guardian)). With a unique composed score, and over 25 characters, it is a 'beautifully realised... immersive multi-character performance' ( Nominated for New Writing South's Best New Play Award 2018. 'The writing is killer sharp... Hartley's energy, charisma, and ineffable confidence fill the stage' ( 'Comedy, tragedy and a big dollop of eroticism' (

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: Venue is built on astroturf. Access via side entrance. Front of house will guide to separate entry.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Steve and Mandy Hewitt 85 days ago

Excellent storytelling with a wacky wild west flavour. Plenty of laughs and some clever film references. Definitely a story for grown-ups and we would recommend this show for a light-hearted fun hour.

Alison Hatherall 90 days ago

Great fun,all the parts and accents brilliantly acted , , good plot and spot the film references I loved the green lizard barman in particular and of course the Pink Glove sex scene is not to be missed!?! If you even remotely like anything Wild West related to see this! (Just need a reference to Blazing Saddles to make it completely perfect.. )

Sean Davis 99 days ago

Gun (***)
One fellow with clunky props portrays all the characters in his humorous take on movie westerns. His story has everything from white hat sheriffs to femme fatales to evil connivers to a bad brother with a golden heart. This was a preview, and many of the laughs arose from the quick witted comedian dealing winningly with the vagaries of collapsing props, missed sound cues, and a low ceiling.

This was the 15th most enjoyable of the 43 shows I have seen so far this year. You may see my other three-sentence reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website:

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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 84 days ago

This ambitious one-man show sees Will Hartley take on the roles of at least eight main characters in a complicated and twisting Western caper. His wide range of voices and accents adds greatly to this humorous piece, which was written by Hartley himself. A very simple set of props (which...

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Everything Theatre (5/5 stars) 96 days ago

"Expect a fired-up plot, bulletproof direction and many tributes to the beloved Spaghetti Western classics, relish over Hartley's gun-slinging wit and timeless cowboy charm."

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Bouquets and Brickbats (4/5 stars) 96 days ago

Of all the movie genres that are regularly spoofed for comic effect, the Western is perhaps the one that’s most ripe with potential. Gun is a comedy monologue, written and performed by Will Hartley, formally one quarter of the Clever Peter sketch troupe, in which he gamely takes on twenty-five characters, with little more than a battered Stetson and some extremely ropey scenery to back him up.

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The List (4/5 stars) 96 days ago

Justice and laughter in the Old West...

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