“Gary Owen's play is sharply observed, often moving and, initially, very funny…the interplay between father and son is particularly well handled, their verbal (and physical) sparring laced with more complex emotions…Owen is astute about the way one generation of men can stain the next, how these things can seep down.” —The Stage
“People know, you’re my boy. And they know better than to lay a fucking finger on you. See? You are safer here with me, than you have ever been.”
Liam’s 17 years old, loves Dr. Who, and has lost his mom. He has had to move from London to Wales, to the valleys, to the middle of nowhere, to live with a dad he doesn’t know. And whose nickname isn’t Violence for nothing.
Gary Owen is the winner of the George Devine, Meyer Whitworth and Pearson Best Play Awards. His other plays include Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco, The Shadow of a Boy, The Drowned World, Mrs Reynolds and the Ruffian and Love Steals Us From Loneliness. With Helen Raynor he was writer and creator of the BBC Wales series Baker Boys. His most recent theatre work includes Perfect Match for Watford Palace Theatre, where he is a creative associate, and Ring Ring, a new version of La Ronde for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. In June 2015 he made his Royal Court debut with Violence and Son, directed by Hamish Pirie. Iphigenia in Splott for Sherman Cymru won Best New Play at the UK Theatre Awards 2015.