Gary
Owen

Writer for Television and Theatre

 

Gary’s most recent plays include a radical reworking of The Cherry Orchard for the Sherman Theatre, which translated the action of the play to 1980s Pembrokeshire, at the beginning of the Thatcher era, and Killology, a co-production between the Sherman Theatre and the Royal Court, which won Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre at the 2018 Olivier Awards. Gary's newest play Romeo and Julie is due to be performed at the National Theatre.

Previously he’s written Violence and Son for the Royal Court. Violence and Son was nominated for an Olivier in 2016, and its star David Moorst won Best Emerging Talent at the Evening Standard Awards and Most Promising Newcomer at the Critics’ Circle Awards for his performance as Liam. In 2015, he wrote Iphigenia in Splott for the Sherman Theatre. After two sell-out runs at the Sherman, Iphigenia played the Edinburgh Festival as a British Council showcase pick, ran for a month the National Theatre in London, toured the UK, played at the FIND festival at Thomas Ostemeier’s Schaubuhn Theatre in Berlin and at the E59E Theater in Manhattan, where it was a New York Times pick of the week. Iphigenia in Splott won the UK Theatre Best New Play award and the James Tait Black Prize for Drama, and earned its lead, Sophie Melville, a Stage Award for Acting Excellence and an Evening Standard Award nomination for Best Actress.

Gary’s earlier work includes Crazy Gary's Mobile Disco, The Shadow of a Boy (winner George Devine and Meyer Whitworth awards), The Drowned World (winner Fringe First and Pearson Best Play awards), Ghost City, Mrs Reynolds and the Ruffian and Love Steals Us From Loneliness. He is a creative associate at Watford Palace Theatre, and an associate artist at the Sherman. His plays have been translated into more than a dozen languages and produced all over the world, and are published by Oberon.

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Theatre

Writer 

Producer Sheman Cymru
Sheman Cymru
Director Hamish Pirie
Starring
  • 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
    Starring
  • 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
    Starring
  • 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
    Starring
  • 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
    Starring
  • 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
    Producer RWCMD in collaboration with Sgript Cymru
    Theatre 503
    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

    Television

    Writer 

    Producer Nick Goding
    Director Gareth Bryn
    Starring
  • 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
    Starring
  • 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 

    Cover
    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