Image: Nick Dawkes

Image: Nick Dawkes

DAVE FLOREZ

Agent: Conrad Williams

Biography: Dave won a Scotsman Fringe First award for his play Somewhere Beneath It All, A Small Fire Burns Still, and his play Hand Over Fist was nominated for an Edinburgh Stage Award. His debut play Afterbirth was produced at Arcola Theatre, developed at National Theatre Studio and published by Methuen. He has had short plays produced at Royal Court, Soho Theatre and Liverpool Everyman. He was UK delegate for the International Young Playwright’s Festival in Australia, and is currently developing a sitcom with BBC Radio 4. Dave is also a classically trained actor (LAMDA), performance poet and lifelong Arsenal fan.

PLAYS

2013
HERO/HEROINE
Etcetera Theatre, directed by Hanna Berrigan. Part of the London Horror Festival, Camden

‘Tangled in interesting ways… The nastiness is balanced with something raw and human…with giddy passages of writing.’

                                                                   Exeunt

2012
HAND OVER FIST
Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Festival, directed by Hannah Eidinow. Edinburgh Stage Award Nomination. Lyn Gardner’s Guardian Top Tips 2012.

‘Florez creates the sense of a lively, imaginative person imprisoned by their physical circumstances. His writing is fresh, funny and at times achingly beautiful…sparkling and shining throughout. We are reminded again how good he is at turning the tables on his audience and shaking us out of complacency into compassion.’

**** The Scotsman

‘The effect is stunning, a simple story transformed into a painfully vivid experience… Details of this beautifully textured play continue to click into place long after the show has ended; this show invites re-watching.’

**** The List

‘It takes a monumental effort not to break down in tears at the end of Hand Over Fist, writer and comedian Dave Florez’s new play about Emily, an elderly woman coming to terms with Alzheimer’s. That’s not to say it’s manipulative or sentimental – far from it. The monologue is littered with expletives, sexually explicit anecdotes and dirty jokes… Ultimately it’s Florez’s writing, which refrains from sentimentality without ever losing sight of Emily’s tragedy, that shines brightest, marking him out as a serious dramatic talent.’

**** Fest

**** - Broadway Baby, Fringe Review, Edinburgh Spotlight

2012
THE INTERVENTION
Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival, directed by Maggie Inchley. Rehearsed reading at Menier Chocolate Factory.

 ‘A comic journey with clarity in its darkness.’   **** The Times Critic’s Choice (Libby Purves)

‘A mixture of dark humour and effective drama...interesting twists in the plot keep the action moving and help create some explosive scenes.’

**** EdFest

2012
CLOSURE
The Vault, Old Vic Tunnels, Waterloo. Shortlisted for Papatango Award

An exhilarating and hilarious portrait of the cutthroat sales industry. The action centred on two salesmen – one, hapless, timid and far too ethical, the other an unscrupulous and aggressive alpha male. They engage in what becomes an absurdly heated 101 in ‘how to close a deal’, complete with physical demonstrations, crude analogies and a brilliant role reversal at the climax. Florez’s dialogue was sharp, clever and fast-paced, making this a hugely enjoyable and accomplished piece.’

Faded Glamour

2011
CYNTHIA
Rehearsed reading at Jerwood Space and Leicester Square Theatre

2011
THE WAITING MORTUARY
Soho Theatre, short play as part of ‘Terror Season 2011’, directed by Hannah Eidinow
Off West End Award Nominee Best Entertainment 2011

‘A dastardly meditation on the darker aspects of romance, obsession and affection gone peculiarly awry. It doesn’t come much more disturbing than this.’  

**** The Public Reviews

‘Deeply unnerving and far more successful in invoking a real sense of terror than any slasher movie...Deliciously chilling and utterly compelling.’

**** Speakeasy

 2011
SOMEWHERE BENEATH IT ALL, A SMALL FIRE BURNS STILL
Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival, directed by Hannah Eidinow
Scotsman Fringe First Award For Writing Innovation and Excellence 2011
The List Theatre Pick

‘From humdrum to violent to poignant. You leave the theatre with your head reeling.’

Critic’s Choice Scotland On Sunday

‘A master class in everything right with fringe-style monologues. The production is a powerhouse of acting, writing and directing…the script is chock-full of clever insights and hilariously filthy lines…a labyrinth of ideas, brilliantly questioning the very essence of what theatre is…a tour de force…do not miss this.’

***** Across The Arts Review

‘The script is so lithe it springs off in all directions…this a sharp, inventive piece of theatre, impeccably delivered…a reminder of what extraordinary things you can still achieve with a bare stage, hardly any props, and one electrifying actor…One of the cleverest theatrical twists I’ve seen, at this or any other Fringe. Dizzyingly brilliant stuff.’

**** The Scotsman

 ‘Hard hitting drama that burns bright.’                                                                  **** Metro

2010
COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN
Short play performance at Theatre 503

2005
AFTERBIRTH
Arcola Theatre, developed at NT Studio, directed by Deborah Paige, published by Methuen.

‘This brilliant first play by Dave Florez is an absorbing piece’                       Evening Standard

‘Raw and unflinching…comically surreal as well as horribly distressing’                          Metro

‘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

2005
100% BULLET PROOF
One Act Play Rehearsed Reading at Soho Theatre and Liverpool Everyman, Connect Season

2001
MEAN STEEL
Short play as part of ‘Short Cuts’ at Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs

 

RADIO PLAYS

SHOCK JOCK, 2014
BBC Radio 4, directed by Jonquil Panting

‘It’s a shame that ‘Shock Jock’ is just a one-off.’                                                    Radio Times

 

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL COMEDY SHOWS

PHIL NICHOL RANTS, 2012
Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival (additional material)

ITCH/SCRATCH SHORTS, 2010
Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Festival (short play ’Rear Naked Choke’)

THE TWO DAVES, 2010
Zoo Southside, Edinburgh Festival/Camden Fringe Festival (stand-up material writer, performer)

ONE MAN SHOW-OFF, 2009
Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Festival (Character and sketch comedy writer, performer)

‘Dave Florez is one to watch for comedy character development…he has a face for television comedy and will go far…Honest and forthright with the right mix of taking things to the edge while maintaining a quirky likeable goofy quality means that Florez can go one step further without necessarily causing offence.’

**** Fringe Review

THE ART OF DATING & DUMPING, 2008
Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival
Fringe Review Pick Of The Fringe (Sketch comedy, writer, performer)

‘An hour long, non-stop laughter shop…this show has it all…credit must go to Florez for creating a succinct, captivating and hilarious sketch production. Each performer has their moments when they steal the show, but Florez takes the cake with his many brilliant male faux-pas when it comes to women. The Art of Dating and Dumping is definitely not to be missed comedy at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.’

***** Fringe Review

‘A fast paced show full of wry humour about the battle of the sexes.’

**** One4Review

TINY TIM’S MEN OF STEEL, 2008
Laughing Horse Free Festival, Edinburgh Festival
Spirit Of The Fringe Award (Double act performer, writer)

 

AWARDS

  • Royal Court Young Writers Masterclass Programme.
  • ‘Futures Perfect’ scheme, Channel 4/Paines Plough.
  • UK delegate for the International Young Playwrights Festival (World Interplay 2003) held in Australia.
  • Delegate for the Young Person’s Television Festival in Edinburgh, August 2000.
  • Reading Festival New Act Finalist 2009, Amused Moose Hot Starlet 2010.