- Best UK Feature Nom, Raindance Festival
- BAFTA Connect Member
- BBC New Talent Hotlist
- Fringe First Award Winner
- BBC Drama Room Attachment
- Channel 4 Screenwriting Course Longlist
- Nick Darke Award Runner-up
- Bruntwood Prize Longlist
- 'Top 40' Academy Nicholl Fellowship Award
- BruceBown Screenwriting Award Runner-up
- Originals Theatre New Play Award Shortlist
- Offies Award Nominee
- David Nobbs Memorial Award Runner-up
Dave is a playwright, screenwriter and executive producer.
His stage-play Experience had a sell-out run at Hampstead Theatre and was shortlisted for the Nick Darke Award. Dave adapted the feature film, produced by Lorton Entertainment. Embers stars Ruth Bradley and Christian Cooke. It was selected for the BFI London Film Festival Works-In-Progress Showcase 2022, and will have its world premiere at the Raindance Film Festival 2023 - where it is nominated for Best UK Feature Film.
His TV drama series Accident is currently under option to LA Productions, and his sitcom Chosen is under option to Hat Trick. He was commissioned to write the comedy-drama feature The Postmaster Of Wincanton, Wagon/Tiger Aspect. It placed 'Top 40' out of 7,125 submissions in the Academy Nicholl Fellowship Award. Dave's screenplay Kick It was runner-up in the Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation Award, New York.
Dave was part of the BBC New Talent Hotlist, and was on attachment to BBC Drama Room; his comedy-drama Shock Jock aired on BBC Radio 4, starring Adil Ray and the late, great Roy Hudd.
His debut play Afterbirth was developed at National Theatre Studio and produced at Arcola Theatre. He has had several plays produced at the Edinburgh Festival, including Somewhere Beneath which won the Scotsman Fringe First Award for Writing Innovation & Excellence. His short plays have been produced at Royal Court, Soho Theatre and the Criterion Theatre, West End. He is a recipient of a Peggy Ramsay Bursary, and his plays are published by Bloomsbury.
***** WhatsOnStage – "Clever stuff, expertly executed."
**** Metro – "Hard hitting drama that burns bright."
**** Fest – "The least sentimental show that you’ll leave with tears in your eyes. A serious dramatic talent."
**** The Scotsman – "Dizzyingly brilliant. His writing is fresh, funny and achingly beautiful."
**** The List – "Invites re-watching."
**** Scotland On Sunday Critic's Choice - Mark Fisher.
Guardian's Top Ten Tips - Lynn Gardner.
E M B E R S nominated for Best UK Feature Film at Raindance '23
When a big government contract comes through for a small sexual surrogacy practice, Amy steps into the breach. She must 'cure' Daniel of his criminal tendencies before his parole. But how will this impact her private life, and will her controversial method tip them both over the edge?
"The one thing we realised, very early on, was not to get attached. Feel pride in your work, yes, but keep. It. Practical."
Dave’s Hampstead Theatre debut is a stirring exploration of the moral implications of helping others. A dark and compelling journey into the method and implications of surrogate partner therapy in the UK. Starring Christian Cooke, and directed by Tom Attenborough.
Shortlisted for the
Nick Darke Award 2016.
Released from the care home, Baz must fight for a better future for his new baby brother, but inevitably, history repeats itself. An unflinching look at child poverty in London.
‘This brilliant first play by Dave Florez is an absorbing piece’ – Evening Standard.
‘Raw and unflinching… comically surreal as well as horribly distressing’ – Metro.
‘Afterbirth is a thoroughly entertaining play, both energetic and funny, while also managing to shock the audience’ – Camden New Journal.
‘[Showing] a deep understanding of the human condition… Afterbirth is an extraordinarily powerful play by a new writer with an extraordinarily strong and original voice’ – The Stage.
Hand Over Fist
Emily loves Josh. Or is it Mike? It’s definitely their first date… or their last? Join Emily as she re-tells her love story, battling through fading memories and broken dreams. In a race against time she must loosen her grip on the past, to embrace the future. A comedic, redemptive monologue about lost love and Alzheimer’s.
Edinburgh Stage Award Nominee 2012. The Stage “Must See”. Lyn Gardner’s Guardian Top Tips 2012. ****The Scotsman.
****The List. ****What’s On Stage. ****Fest .
****Broadway Baby, Fringe Review, Edinburgh Spotlight.
Somewhere Beneath It All,
Dave is writer-in-residence at the award-winning New Wave Theatre Company.
They have produced Dave's plays and showcases at the Criterion, Tristan Bates and Etc Theatre.
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Alexandra Roach, Rhashan Stone and Syreeta Kumar. Criterion Theatre, West End. Showcase reading of Going Under by Dave Florez. Directed by Matthew Lloyd.