Gary Owen

Writer for television and theatre


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Gary Owen is a Welsh playwright and screenwriter who won both the George Devine Award and the Meyer Whitworth Award for The Shadow of a Boy. Gary’s play Violence and Son will run at the Royal Court in June 2015, whilst his play Iphigenia in Splott opened at the Sherman Theatre, in May 2015, to five star reviews.

Gary's plays also include Crazy Gary's Mobile Disco,  The Drowned World and Ghost City. He has also written Perfect Match, a comedy for Watford Palace Theatre where he is a creative associate. His plays have also won the Pearson Best Play Award and a Fringe First at Edinburgh. Gary also co-created two seasons Baker Boys, an original series for BBC Wales.




Director Hamish Pirie
  • Morfydd Clark
  • David Moorst

    Liam’s 17 years old, loves Doctor Who and has lost his mum. He’s had to leave his home and move to Wales, to the Valleys, to the middle of nowhere, to live with a dad he doesn’t know…whose nickname isn’t Violence for nothing.

    The Royal Court
    Director Rachel O'Riordan
  • Sophie Melville

    Stumbling down Clifton Street at 11:30am drunk, Effie is the kind of girl you'd avoid eye contact with, silently passing judgement. We think we know her, but we don't know the half of it.

    Sherman Cymru
    Director Brigid Larmour
    Joe and Anna have been together for nine years, and as far as he is concerned will stay together for another ninety. But the minute they set a date for the wedding, Anna has second thoughts. A new dating agency promises to scan the online persona of everyone in the world, guaranteeing to find your soul mate. Anna looks at Joe and wonders - can he really be her perfect match?
    Watford Palace Theatre
    Director Terry Hands
    An original, darkly comic play for Hampstead and Theatre Clywd
    Clwyd Theatr Cymru
    Director John E McGrath
  • Remy Beasley
  • Nia Roberts
  • Katie Elin Salt
  • Mark Sumner
    An original play for the National Theatre of Wales about teenagers in Bridgend
    National Theatre of Wales
    Director David Horan
  • Grahame Fox
  • Rhodri Lewis
    A three hander produced by Paines Plough and Oran Mor as part of their A Play, A Pie, A Pint season of touring productions
    Paines Plough and Oran Mor
    Mrs Reynolds and the Ruffian
    Nominated for a TMA Award for Best New Play 2010
    Director Brigid Larmour
    An original full length play about a young offender who forms an unlikely bond with an old woman he is sent to help on a reparation scheme
    Watford Palace Theatre
    Director Kirstie Davis
    A new play for Forest Forge Theatre Company
    Forest Forge Theatre
    Director Amy Hodge
    A new stage version of the classic novel by Charles Dickens for Sherman Cymru
    Sherman Cymru
    An original play for teenagers, written for Sherman Cymru
    Sherman Cymru
    An original play for Replay Productions, a play for young people about mental health.
    Replay Productions
    A new play for the National Theatre of Scotland, in development
    National Theatre of Scotland
    Producer Fluellen Theatre
    National Theatre commission
    An original play for Watford Palace Theatre set druing the World War II
    Watford Palace Theatre
    Director Simon Harris
  • Jonathan Floyd
  • Nia Gwynne
  • Rachel Isaac
  • Celyn Jones
    A series of monologues giving a glimpse into the life of a city over the course of a single day
    Chapter Arts, Cardiff
    Director Vicky Featherstone
    A play for Paines Plough, a dystopian vision of the future where the ugly quarantine and kill the beautiful.
    Traverse Theatre
    The Shadow of a Boy
    Joint winner of The George Devine Award
    Director Erica Whyman
    A play for the National Theatre, joint winner of the George Devine Award.
    National Theatre
    Director Vicky Featherstone
    Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
    Director Roxana Silbert
    Spanning a century and based on true events chronicled in the Aztec codices, A Soldier In Every Son – The Rise of the Aztecs is closely inspired by Shakespeare's history plays.
    Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon

    Executive Producer

    Director George Perrin
    Writer Frank Wedekind
    An updated version of Frank Wedekind's 1890's play about teenagers discovering sex
    Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama



    Producer Nick Goding
    Director Gareth Bryn
  • Gareth Jewell
  • Steve Meo
  • Richard Corgan
  • Joshua Jenkins .
    Second series of Welsh drama for BBC Wales co-written with Helen Raynor
    BBC for BBC Wales
    Baker Boys
    3 x 60'
    Producer Juliet Charlesworth
    Director Gareth Bryn
  • Boyd Clack
  • Eiry Hughes
  • Steve Meo
  • Eva Myles
    Original three part drama for BBC Wales co-written with Helen Raynor
    BBC for BBC Wales

    Creator & Writer

    1 x 60'
    Producer Bethan Jones

    Original BBC commission 

    BBC Wales

    By any measure going, this is perfect theatre: intelligent, moving, and horribly, horribly relevant. Most of all, though, in those final moments, it feels like the start of a revolution.

    Andrew Haydon
    The Guardian on Iphigenia in Splott

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