Gary Mitchell was born in Rathcoole, North Belfast in 1965.
In 1990 his first radio play won a BBC Radio 4 Young Playwrights Festival Award, and in 1995 won the Stewart Parker Award. In 1998, In A Little World of Our Own won the Irish Times Theatre Award for best new play and was performed for the Abbey Theatre’s first visit to the Lyric, Belfast. Also in 1998, he won the Belfast Drama Award for In A Little World of Our Own and Sinking, and was made Writer in Residence at the Royal National Theatre, London. He has gone on to win the Pearson Best New Play prize for Trust, and for The Force of Change both the George Devine Award and the Evening Standard Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright. His latest play is Remnants of Fear (2006).
The Force of Change, Trust and Tearing the Loom & In A Little World of Our Own (one volume), and and Remnants of Fear (2009), are all published by Nick Hern Books. As The Beast Sleeps (Dublin, The Peacock, 1998), has been adapted by Mitchell for the screen and filmed by BBC Northern Ireland (2001).
In November 2005, he was forced out of his home in Rathcoole, Belfast, after it was attacked by Loyalist paramilitaries and he and his family now live at a secret location.
Gary Mitchel at Culture Northern Ireland.org
Gary Mitchell at Irish Playography
Gary Mitchell at The National Library of Ireland