14 year old Baz comes back from the care-home to meet his new baby brother and heal family rifts, yet he still can’t shake off the past. Time is against him as he searches for a way out and a family of his own.
Set on a north London estate, this is a raw, uncompromising and unflinching look at the invisible side of society. This is the world premiere of Afterbirth, Dave Florez’s first full length play.by Dave FlorezDave Florez joined the Royal Court Young Writers’ Programme in 2000. His short play ‘Mean Steel’ was produced as part of ‘Short Cuts Through The Carnival’ at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in 2001, in collaboration with the BBC Fictionlab. Dave was UK delegate for the International Young Playwrights Festival held in Australia 2003 and is currently part of the year long ‘Futures Perfect’ scheme at Paines Plough, in collaboration with Channel 4. In March 2005 Dave had a reading of his one-act play ‘100% Bullet Proof’ at Soho Theatre, in collaboration with the Liverpool Everyman.
Deborah Paige is a former Artistic Director of Salisbury Playhouse and the Sheffield Crucible; beween 1990 and 2000, she commissioned and directed a substantial body of new work for both theatres. She has worked at the Old Vic, Soho Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and the National Theatre, and has recently directed for television, including Eastenders, Casualty, Judge John Deed and radio.
Aterbirth is the first production of her new company, Paigeworks.