Writing

 

Ed's debut feature film, WHEN THE SCREAMING STARTS, co-written with director, Conor Boru received its world premiere at FrightFest in Leicester Square. It is an official selection at Grimmfest (9th October 2021) in Manchester and FilmQuest in Provo, Utah named one of the World's 50 Best Genre Festivals (MovieMaker Magazine) and one of The Best Horror Festivals in the World by (Dread Central). More international festival appearances are lined up for later in the year.

 

This horror-comedy mockumentary tells the story of an aspiring serial killer and the filmmaker following him on his twisted journey.

Ed has a close association with Elizabeth Samuels Drama School, writing many of their Show in a Week scripts. He is currently working on adapting Oliver Twist for the drama school for a production later this year. The scripts for Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland are available on Amazon now.

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In 2017 Ed worked as dramaturg on a production of Twelve Angry Jurors for the Thadden EDC in Heidelberg. Since then he has worked as writer and dramaturg on three productions with the English Drama Group of the Pädagogische Hochschule Heidelberg; site-specific productions of California Suite, a thriller in a storage centre and an adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray.

With his theatre company, Stack 10 Theatre, Ed has had productions performed at venues around London as well as three shows at the London Horror Festival in the Old Red Lion.

Ed has been an associate writer with Butterfly Theatre Company for a number of years and has written site-specific shows as well as for studio theatres and touring productions in UK and Germany.

Since 2017, Ed has worked with the third year acting students at the London College of Music on rehearsed readings.

Three of Ed's short stories have featured in Blackshaw Theatre's Scare Slams at the London Horror Festival.

The Wolves of Erin
The Wolves of Erin

The Etcetera Theatre (January 2018), The London Horror Festival (Old Red Lion Theatre, 2018)

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Evelyn Lockley in The Wolves of Erin
Evelyn Lockley in The Wolves of Erin

Evelyn Lockley in The Wolves of Erin

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Under Cover at the White Bear
Under Cover at the White Bear

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The Wolves of Erin
The Wolves of Erin

The Etcetera Theatre (January 2018), The London Horror Festival (Old Red Lion Theatre, 2018)

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Be My Bloody Valentine

The Drayton Arms, 2018

It's Valentine's Day and at the headquarters of Friendship Assistance In London, Grace and Nigel are preparing for a night spent helping those in need of a friend. As the evening unfolds, the desperate and deranged that make up F.A.I.L.'s staff and clientele vie for each other's affections, culminating in the most romantic gesture of all: Murder.

Allez Hop! Theatre presented Be My Bloody Valentine, an evening of love, laughter and a higher than average body count inspired of iconic French farces at the Drayton Arms in 2018.

"This play is almost wholly absurd, serving up a very dark comedy but without even a scintilla of guilt (at least, on my part) about laughing about details in a storyline that would, ordinarily, be quite disturbing, and maybe even worthy of a ‘reconstruction’ on those Crimewatch programmes they used to do on television...A brief but nonetheless delightful play" **** (London Theatre 1)

"In this production Ed Hartland's script is the star of the show. The dialogue is punchy and well-measured, the characters well defined and likeable" (London Pub Theatres)

Scare Slam

Old Red Lion Theatre, 2017

After having two pieces performed at last year's Scare Slam hosted by Blackshaw Theatre, Ed performed his own short story Murder of Crows at the Old Red Lion.

"Listening to Ed perform this piece was captivating as during his gory confession of stamping a crow to death, you felt as though you had caught him in the act. He didn’t mean to do it. Promise." (The Spy in the Stalls)

Alice in Wonderland

Elizabeth Samuels Drama School, 2018

Teomas Theatre (directed by Yasmin Sidhwa), Lithuania, 2018

UK Tour, 2017

Germany Tour, 2016

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and into Wonderland.

After Butterfly Theatre's successful 2016 tour in Germany, visiting Heidelberg and Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Alice in Wonderland went on a UK tour in the early summer months (2017).

"From the moment the Cheshire Cat ushered us into the mouth of the cavern, you could sense that we were in for a magical time...So began an enchanting hour and a quarter" (Sian-Elin Flint-Freel, Buxton Fringe)

"Inventive and fun" **** (Fringe Guru)

 

Emerging Artists Showcase

Above the Arts, 2017

Six40 Theatre performed two one-act plays (Phoenix and Always a Catholic) at the Above the Arts Studio space at The Arts Theatre.