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This 2 hander was selected as one of the 10 short plays out of 400 applicants for the Take Ten New Writing Festival, Chesil Theatre, Winchester.  The initial 4-day live festival in May 2021 has now been moved to October 2021.  Careful tells the story of 2 elderly sisters,  Marion and Rose, as they struggle to assert their preferred version of family history. The death of a brother releases a torrent of suppressed memories, shared jokes and  secrets.  Is it ever too late to find kindness in kinship? 
In February 2021 I had great fun performing with SEDOS Reads in Peter Foster's costumed, staged reading of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 1779 restoration farce, The Critic (Mrs Dangle, Sir Walter Raleigh & Justice's Lady), February 2021 here
In March 2021 I performed again with SEDOS Reads, this time in  George S. Sims 1881 Victorian melodrama, The Lights O' London (Liza Jarvis).
I wrote all of the following plays during lockdown 2020. Unable to meet or rehearse offline, I moved onto a Zoom 'stage' and with the generous talents of Bill Fleming & Roz Borley, was able to record some of these texts as staged readings.
 At The Door Laughing
This episodic play was prompted by writer Rebecca Solnit's query "..how do we care for one another when we can't be physically present with each other."  What happens when one person, sheltering in place, alone, needs to be cared for by a person who is as good as a stranger. How good can we be as strangers?   At The Door Laughing is composed of 5 scenes which can be viewed in any order; two of these scenes appear below. All scenes feature Bill Fleming as Victor.   
 Headcount is the beginning of a full length play which will be aired live, online, as part of Scratch Night at The Cockpit Theatre, April 19th, 7pm.          
Two women with literally too much history: they've been there, done that, not only do they have the t-shirts but they designed and distributed the damn things too.   Caitlin, 67, is determined to celebrate her best friend, Helen, 70, the night before Helen is due for a major operation.  What begins as banter and a defiant witnessing of  #MeToo stories from their youth, moves into difficult territory when Caitlin shares an anecdote about an underage sexual experience. From the vantage point of 7 decades, Headcount is about women's bodies, desires and friendships.  To book tickets for April 19th - Theatre in the Pound Scratch Night at Cockpit Theatre,

Jennifer, a Benedictine nun, is nonplussed to have been chosen as executor to Ruth's estate, a woman she hasn't seen in twenty years. Amongst Ruth's possessions is found a startling private collection of china ornaments. This monologue was captured as a staged reading on Iphone.



Recorded for audio and broadcast as part of the Bankside Great Get Together, June 21, 2020, online/ on air street party for the Jo Cox Foundation Campaign. Mothering is based on conversations I had with women in the Middle East between 2017-2019 and was performed at the British Embassy, Riyadh, KSA.  A video version of this text is due 2021.



Karla Ptáček





Across live and recorded performance, online and offline, my interest lies in issues of power, representation and what makes people laugh. I am fascinated by the ways people narrate their lives.  


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