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Careful, the 2nd of the 7 plays written in this vulnerability series, was selected for the Take Ten New Writing Festival,
Chesil Theatre, Winchester,  to be staged for 4 performances in October 2021. 

Staged readings
There were a great many staged
readings online during lockdown. I couldn't
resist the opportunity in early 2021,
to ham up that great pirate, Walter Raleigh
in a costumed reading of Sheridan's 1779
restoration farce, The Critic: here                

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At The Door Laughing
3 plays were specifically prompted by writer Rebecca Solnit's query "..how do we care for one another when we can't be physically present with each other."    At The Door Laughing is composed of 3 short plays, to be viewed in any order; a sample scene appears below. 

The only monologue in the  7 Vulnerability playtexts, Ornamental was selected for the Bankside "Great Get Together', an annual celebration of the late MP, Jo Cox.



My background is in non linear, experimental and alternative performance, so it was a surprise to find myself writing linear narratives in a normative realistic format.  Mothering is based on conversations with women when I lived in the Middle East, 2017-2019. It was performed at the British Embassy, Riyadh, KSA.  A video version of this text is due 2021. Mothering was also selected for broadcast as part of the Bankside Great Get Together in June 21, 2020, an online/ o-air street party for the Jo Cox Foundation Campaign. 



Karla Ptáček






Across live and recorded performance, online and offline, my interest lies in issues of gender power and representation. As counter balance, I keen towards what makes me laugh.  



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