By Martha Watson Allpress


Worldwide Premiere for Paines Plough at Roundabout

‘A pummelling, poetic and profound play’
The Stage

‘Delightfully playful… movingly poetic’

‘Raw, funny and undoubtedly human’
Theatre and Tonic

‘Fast, frenetic and utterly charming’
The List

‘An energetic and captivating piece of theatre’

‘A magnetic tale of inner desolation’

Longlisted for the BBC Writer’s Room Popcorn Award 2023

Playbill’s Pick of the Fringe

‘A searing and heartbreaking performance’
The Scotsman

‘Highly, highly recommended’
Meryvn Stutter’s Pick of the Fringe

‘The hour’s performance flashes by’
Bouquets and Brickbats

For Charly, every day is the same.
They used to be different, when there was Clo, but there isn’t Clo anymore and she doesn’t want to dwell on that. She just wants to chug coffee, blast Beastie Boys and deal drugs. Simple. But when Charly suffers a power cut, she’s forced back into the real world; a world of knockoff Morrisseys, disapproving mothers and, ultimately, a world she has to navigate alone.
Lady Dealer is a mile-a-minute poem play by Martha Watson Allpress about self-forgiveness, the exhaustion of trying, and mistaking self-destruction for self-preservation. It’s also about weed.

Creative Team & Cast

Charly Alexa Davies

Writer Martha Watson Allpress
Director Emily Aboud
Producer Grace Dickson, Grace Dickson Productions
Set & Costume Designer Blythe Brett
Lighting Designer Jonathan Chan
Sound Designer Anna Short
Stage Manager Nikita Bala
Production Manager Ethan Hudson for Frontseat Media
Assistant Producer Rory Thomas-Howes, Grace Dickson Productions
Dramaturg Lizzie Manwaring
PR Michelle Mangan PR

Credit: Erica Belton