BBC New Talent Hotlist
Fringe First Award Winner
Nick Darke Award Runner-up
'Top 40' Academy Nicholl Fellowship Award
Offies Award Nominee
David Nobbs Memorial Award Runner-up
BBC Drama Room Attachment
Dave is a playwright and screenwriter.
He is part of the BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017, and was on attachment to BBC Drama Room 2016. His debut play Afterbirth was developed at National Theatre Studio and produced at Arcola Theatre. His latest play Experience was produced at Hampstead Theatre, shortlisted for the Nick Darke Award and is being adapted into a feature film by Lorton Entertainment. Both plays are published by Bloomsbury Methuen.
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 also a recipient of a Peggy Ramsay Bursary.
He was commissioned to write the comedy-drama feature film 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. He is currently adapting the best-selling novel Trading Reality into a TV series for Doorway Films. His sitcom Cosmic Giggle is under option to DLT Entertainment, and he is developing two others with Hat Trick and BBC. His comedy-drama Shock Jock aired on BBC Radio 4, starring Adil Ray and the great Roy Hudd.
***** WhatsOnStage – "Clever stuff, expertly executed."
***** Across The Arts – "Do not miss this."
**** The Scotsman – "Dizzyingly brilliant."
**** Metro – "Hard hitting drama that burns bright."
**** Fest – "The least sentimental show that you’ll leave with tears in your eyes."
**** The Scotsman – "His writing is fresh, funny and achingly beautiful."
**** The List – "Invites re-watching."
**** The Stage – "A writer to watch."
**** Fest – "A serious dramatic talent."
**** The Times Critic's Choice - Libby Purves.
**** Scotland On Sunday Critic's Choice - Mark Fisher.
Guardian's Top Ten Tips - Lynn Gardner.
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.
Please go to their website, Facebook page, or Twitter, and get in touch.
Or email Dave directly at firstname.lastname@example.org