This is a collection of papers which provides an insight into the life of an actor and writer. It is also of importance in the greater context of the history of English drama. His plays were written during a time when social realism was a growing movement. Real, working class life was being depicted in the work of dramatists and Alun Owen was one of a generation of writers, alongside the likes of John Osbourne and Harold Pinter, who was championing this kitchen sink realism.
Armchair Theatre (ITV) and Play for Today (BBC) produced socially relevant and challenging drama that addressed sensitive issues. “No Trams to Lime Street” was screened on Armchair Theatre in 1959 and is one of its best-known plays, alongside “A Night Out “(1960) by Harold Pinter.
This collection contains drama scripts, theatre programmes, photographs and even the little red “Lion Brand” and “Silvine” note books in which Alun Owen used to write his plays before they were typed by his wife.