Liam’s 17 years old, loves Dr Who and has lost his mum. 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. Whose nickname isn’t Violence for nothing.
Gary Owen’s intimate new play is about what parents pass on and trying to do the right thing.
Welsh playwright Gary Owen makes his Royal Court debut with Violence and Son. He is the winner of the Meyer Whitworth, George Devine and Pearson best play awards. His other plays include Iphigenia in Spoltt, Love Steals is from Loneliness, Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco, The Shadow of a Boy, The Drowned World (winner Fringe first), Ghost City, Cancer Time, SK8, Big Hopes, In the Pipeline, Blackthorn, Mary Twice, Amgen, Broken, Bulletproof, The Ugly Truth and Free Folk. His adapatations include SPring Awakening and Ring, Ring,a new version of La Ronde for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Dicken’s 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.
Hamish Pirie is Associate Director at the Royal Court and this will be his third production for the theatre after directing Who Cares, Teh Internet is Serious Business in 2014. His previous directing credits include I’m With The Band and Demos, Quiz Show, Love With A Capital ‘L’, 3 Seconds, Most Favoured, Bravo Figaro and The Last Bloom at the Traverse, Edinburgh (where he was previously Associate Director) and Salt Root and Roe for the Donmar Warehouse’s Trafalgar Studio season.
‘Clever, sly and funny… shows us how to live.’ Guardian on Mrs Reynolds and the Ruffian