Ed Harris (playwright)
Early Life[edit | edit source]
Ed Harris grew up in West London and attended Drayton Manor High School and Twyford Church of England School in Acton. After finishing high school, Ed worked as a bin man and later a careworker, as well as travelling and working abroad, including waiting tables in Turkey and training huskies in Kiruna, Sweden. Ed Harris received his first theatrical commission after being ‘discovered’ at a poetry gig he performed at in Brighton in 2002. 
Career[edit | edit source]
Ed’s first major play Mongrel Island was commissioned by Soho Theatre and opened Steve Marmion’s first season as Artistic Director in July 2011. It was later produced in Mexico City in 2014 as Perro Sin Raza , directed by Fernando Rozvar.
Between 2011 and 2015 he won a Sony Gold Radio Academy Award for his series The Resistance Of Mrs Brown, a Writers' Guild Award for Troll and a BBC Audio Drama Award for Billions As well as many stand-alone plays, Harris has written numerous series, including an adaption of Franz Kafka’s The Castle
Harris also wrote and starred in the semi-autobiographical play, The Slow Kapow. He is also the writer of DOT , a sitcom that follows the exploits of some of the female staff in the Cabinet War Rooms during the Second World War, starring Fenella Woolgar , Kate O’Flynn , Freya Parker, Jane Slavin and David Acton.
Ed Harris is also a published poet. 
In 2018, Ed wrote the libretto for a new opera A Shoe Full Of Stars for Opera Schmopera with composer Omar Shahryar. 
Awards[edit | edit source]
BILLIONS - BBC Audio Drama Award (2014)
THE RESISTANCE OF MRS BROWN - Radio Academy Award (2011)
TROLL - Writers' Guild Award (2011)
NEVER EVER AFTER - shortlisted Meyer-Whitworth Award (2008)
Stage[edit | edit source]
- A Shoe Full of Stars (2018) – Opera Schmopera / Gestalt Arts
- Chevalier D'eon (2016) - Menagerie Theatre / Hotbed (2016)
- Chicken Shop (2014) - Islington Community Theatre
- What The Thunder Said (2014) - Theatre Centre / UK tour (revived in 2016)
- Piglet (2012) - Menagerie Theatre / Hotbed Festival
- Mongrel Island (2011) - Soho Theatre / Mexico (2014)
- Total (2008) - Squaremoon / Brighton Festival Fringe
- Never Ever After (2007) - Chalkfoot / UK tour
- Lucy (2006) - National Youth Theatre / Brighton Fringe Festival
- Sugared Grapefruit (2005) - Zygo Arts / Brighton Festival Fringe
Radio[edit | edit source]
- Dot (2015 - Present) - BBC Radio 4 (1x30’ pilot & 3 4x30’ series)
- The Slow Kapow (2017) - BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama
- Your Perfect Summer, On Sale Here! (2016) - BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama
- The Castle (2015) - BBC Radio 4 Saturday Play (2x60’)
- Pixie Juice (2014) - BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama
- The Interplanetary Notes Of Ambassador D (2014) - BBC Radio 4 15-Minute Drama (5x15’)
- Take Me To The North Laine (2013) - BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama
- Billions (2013) - BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama
- The Resistance Of Mrs Brown (2012) - BBC Radio 4 15-Minute Drama (5x15’)
- The Wall (2011) - BBC Radio 3 The Wire
- Troll (2010) - BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama
- The Moment You Feel It (2009) - BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama
- Aromatherapy (2009) - BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama
- Porshia (2007) - BBC Radio 4 Friday Play
- Bespoken Word (2006) - BBC Radio 4
References[edit | edit source]
- "Berlin Associates"
- "Never Ever After, Review"
- "Interview, Hotbed"
- Mongrel Island At Soho Theatre
- Secteria De Cultura, "Perro Sin Raza" 23rd October 2015. Retrieved on Wednesday 23rd May 2018
- "Fringe Review"
- "What the Thunder Said" The Guardian. March 25th 2014. Retrieved on Wednesday 23rd May 2018
- "Writers Guild Awards, 2011"
- "BBC Audio Drama award winners 2014"
- "Ed Harris, The Castle"
- Ed Harris, The Slow Kapow. BBC, 2017.
- "Radio Times, DOT"
- "Ed Harris Poetry"
- "A Shoe Full Of Stars"
- "Writers Guild Award winners"
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