The Guns of Johnny Diablo

By Philip Differ

Mon, 20 November, 2023 — Sat, 25 November, 2023

Please note this play ended on Sat, 25 November, 2023.

Directed by Shilpa T-Hyland | Cast - Matthew Zajac, Helen Mackay, Dylan Blore

The Guns of Johnny Diablo

A new hilarious farce about blazing bullets, oversized egos and actors behaving like arses.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of ‘A Fistful of Dollars’, the BBC are producing a radio version of a recently discovered spaghetti western script called “The Guns of Johnny Diablo”.

Things don’t quite go to plan on the recording when old school actor Jack Emmett clashes with his fellow actors – an arrogant but handsome ex-model and a BAFTA winning actress stuck playing all the badly written female roles.


Oran Mor, Glasgow: 20-29 November 2023
The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen: w/c 27 November 2023


Matthew Zajac – Jack
Helen Mackay – Millie
Dylan Blore – Kieran
Nik Paget Tomlinson – Foley Artist

Creative Team

Philip Differ – Writer
Shilpa T-Hyland – Director
Jonny Scott and Gemma Patchett – Designers

Rehearsal Photos

PHILIP DIFFER is an award-winning producer, director, writer for television, radio, theatre. He started writing comedy for television and radio in 1980. Credits include A Kick Up the Eighties, Spitting Image, Naked Video, Scotch and Wry, Only an Excuse? His most recent theatre writing was the critically acclaimed Smile at Dundee Rep.

Philip also works as a stand-up comedian on the comedy circuit. In 2018, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by GCU for services to comedy writing.

SHILPA T-HYLAND has directed Oscar by Brian O’Sullivan and The Prognostications of Mikey Noyce by Frances Poet at A Play, A Pie, A Pint. Other credits include: Directing Wickies: The Vanishing Men of Eilean Mor (Paul Morrissey, Christopher Wheeler, Molly Morris), Revolution Days (Bijli), We’ll Meet in Moscow (Traverse Theatre), Roxana (Paisley Book Festival/Renfrewshire Leisure), and How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found (RCS); Associate Directing Burn (NTS and the Joyce Theatre), Still (Traverse Theatre), and Pride and Prejudice (Sort Of) (Blood of the Young, The Lyceum Theatre & others). She is a PhD candidate at the Royal Conservatoire Scotland.

Please note this play ended on Sat, 25 November, 2023.
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