Owen has written over fifteen one-man plays winning two Fringe firsts, the Edinburgh Festival critics award for best comedy and the LWT award for best play for OFF MY FACE. In 09 he adapted the SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION for the stage which ran at the Gaiety theatre in Dublin and The Wyndams theatre in London. Owen, along with Guy Masterson had the original idea of staging the classic American play Twelve Angry Men using twelve stand-up comedians, it was also directed and produced by Guy Masterson, received rave reviews and holds the record for the fastest sell out in the history of the Edinburgh Festival it went on to tour Australia and New Zealand and due to its success was followed the next year by One flew over the Cuckoo's Nest starring Christian Slater, Owen played the role of Dale Harding. This later transferred to the West End and ran for six months. In Sep 2010 Owen won best actor for his off Broadway performance as Nathan in his latest one-man play ABSOLUTION. The play also won best director for Rachel O'Riordan 'A white knuckle, emotionally searing piece of theatre' The New York Times 'You could almost smell the burning flesh' The ScotsmanOwen revived THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION which he AND DAVE JOHNS adapted for the stage in 2008 for a UK number 1 tour produced by Bill Kenwright. After a very successful run. It finished on the 28th Nov 2015 at the New Theatre in Cardiff. Owen played the role of WARDEN STAMMAS. 'A riveting piece of theatre and a masterly adaptation.' THE INDEPENDENT. Owen will revive his award winning play ABSOLUTION at the Park Theatre Finsbury Park. From MAY 16th to JUNE 10th 2016
WINNER – BEST ACTOR AND BEST DIRECTOR 1st IRISH THEATRE FESTIVAL NEW YORK 2010
Written and Performed by Owen O’Neill
ABSOLUTION is an intense brutal tale about the murder of five paedophile priests by an unrepentant serial killer, or is he an avenging angel? The play premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2008 to enormous critical acclaim. The show was then produced by Gúna Nua at the 1st Irish Festival in New York in 2010.
“As brilliant as it is dark, it may be one of the most candid dramatic portrayals of humanity in quite some time” – Dossier Journal, New York
Off My Face
is a semi-autobiographical show about alcoholism and how he confronted it. The sequel, It Was Henry Fonda's Fault, describes a childhood obsession with Hollywood, thanks to an ageing and misleading cinema projectionist.
'Incisive candour relayed with a genius that provokes tears-rolling down your-face laughter' - THE SCOTSMAN.
My Son the Footballer
recounts the obsessions of football-mad Danny Mulligan, who attempts to
vicariously live his footballing dreams through his son.
'A seriously heartwarming experience' - THE STAGE