Writer for television and theatre


Gary Owen is a Welsh playwright and screenwriter. His recent plays include the award winning Killology which premiered at the Sherman then played at the Royal Court, Violence and Son which had its premiere at the Royal Court, and Iphigenia in Splott  for which he won the James Tait Black Prize for Drama.

His other works include Love Steals Us From Loneliness, Crazy Gary's Mobile Disco, The Shadow of a Boy, (winner of Meyer Whitworth and George Devine awards), The Drowned World  (winner of Fringe First and Pearson Best Play awards), Ghost City, Cancer Time, SK8, Big Hopes, In the Pipeline, Blackthorn, Mary Twice, Amgen:Broken, Bulletproof, and Free Folk. His adaptations include Spring Awakening and Ring Ring, a new version of La Ronde, for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; and Dickens' A Christmas Carol for Sherman Cymru. He is a Creative Associate at Watford Palace Theatre, where his plays We That Are Left, Mrs Reynolds and the Ruffian, and Perfect Match have been produced, and Associate Artist at Sherman Cymru. Gary also co-created and co-wrote two seasons of Baker Boys, an original series for BBC Wales. Work in 2016 includes Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore, a play for toddlers at the Unicorn Theatre, to be directed by Tim Crouch; and Mrs Reynolds a’r Cena Bach, a Welsh adaptation of Mrs Reynolds and the Ruffian for Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru.




Producer Sheman Cymru
Sherman Cymru
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