David Tristram (born 1957, Quarry Bank, UK) is an English comic playwright. He has published 29 plays and comedy novels, and produced and directed three films. Widely performed by amateur and professional groups, his plays have parodied such pop-culture genres as soap operas and detective stories.[1]

Educated at Dudley Grammar School and Birmingham University, where he studied English and music, Tristram was a commercial copywriter before turning to comedy. In 1985 he founded the Flying Ducks Theatre Company, which has now become a professional touring company. The enterprise has expanded into the Flying Ducks Group, which stages conferences and other events, provides audio-visual and Internet production services, and represents actors.[1]

Tristram's plays take a farcical view of sex, alcohol, drugs, crime, and theatre itself. Tristram claims he writes only comedy because he can't take himself too seriously. He usually tests his new work at a small theatre in Bridgnorth near his home in Highley before wider release. His plays have been performed in South Africa, New Zealand, Mexico and Europe among other locations.

His 2015 film Doreen includes cameo appearances from Robert Plant, Nick Owen, and Steve Bull.[2][3]


  • 2006 A Bolt from the Blue ISBN 978-1900997072
  • 2014 Doreen - From Rug-Rats to Riches: Autobiography of a Lazy Cow[4] ISBN 978-1900997140


  • 2011 Inspector Drake: The Movie[5]
  • 2012 Inspector Drake 2: The Seagull[6]
  • 2015 Doreen: The Movie[7]


  1. ^ a b "Comedy is king for Shropshire writer David Tristram". Shropshire Star. 11 February 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  2. ^ Wollaston, Steve (15 December 2015). "Review: Doreen's Christmas Cracker". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  3. ^ Laws, Roz (24 July 2015). "Why Robert Plant was paid with a cup of tea". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  4. ^ Laws, Roz (16 November 2014). "Meet Britain's first woman diagnosed with 'Lazy Cow Syndrome' who became a viral video sensation". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Drake's progress". Shropshire Star. 10 February 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Shropshire film maker is bringing back Inspector Drake". Shropshire Star. 17 August 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  7. ^ Holder, Bev (25 November 2015). "Black Country film-maker David Tristram and actress Gill Jordan create comedy gold with Doreen The Movie". Stourbridge News. Retrieved 2 January 2018.

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