Karen Bartke

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Appearing on stage from an early age, Karen first found her feet as a member of Glasgow Schools Youth Theatre, before taking time out to study for a degree in archaeology. The lure of the stage was too strong, however and in recent years Karen has converted her love of performing into a successful stage and screen career.

Karen joined the Walking Theatre Company in 2010 and has appeared in a wide variety of shows including Whispers In the WaterThe Fires of Hell and Deidre of the Sorrows (all for Historic Scotland venues),The White Rabbit’s Treasure TrailLong John  SilverA Witchy Walk, A Wiz Around Oz (children’s walking shows), Tipsy TowersMamma MiaWicked Wild WestAudition With a Vampire, Spying Tonight, Clan Wedding and Scary Supper (murder mystery events) and as Titania in The Conference of the Faeries, Effie Gray in Love on The Loch and Jean Armour in A Christening, Dear Robert.

Her most recent work on camera includes series 1 of mockumentary Scot Squad for the Comedy Unit and Fakers for Aficionado Films. She was also recently seen in a series of comedy sponsorship idents for the ITV talent search show Superstar and in Episode 1 of The Kronicles of Kirk, a series of Comedy Blaps for Channel 4 directed by Noddy Davidson, produced by the Comedy Unit and starring James Kirk. Karen has featured in an impressive array of short films including In the Snack BarThe Ambitious PotatoStramashGoldfish and Twelve, all of which were filmed in Scotland, and also appeared as Sadie Carter in Monarch of the Glen.

Her voice has graced TV adverts for Silverburn Shopping Centre and People Make Glasgow, animated shorts for Digital Preservation Europe and many local and national radio adverts in her native Scotland. 

Karen’s stage credits have been wide and varied in recent years.  She originated the role of Jane in No Time Has Passed In Hippoland with Sonic Boom Productions and toured the UK as Aunt Belle in Selladoor Theatre/Mull Theatre’s production of Arthur Miller’s The Man Who Had All The Luck.  Most recently, Karen has been appearing as Suzy in Tamasha Theatre Company’s My Name Is… by Sudha Bhuchar, a verbatim play based on a real life family who hit the headlines in 2006.  The play has received 4 and 5 star reviews and Karen has been nominated for an Offie (Off West End) Award for her performance in this touching verbatim piece.

Other roles include Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Viola in Twelfth Night, Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire and Beth in Janet Paisley’s The Refuge

Karen also performs as a member of Q Fusion Improv, as part of the sketch comedy shows Man vs. Woman and Alchemy and in her spare time Karen is quite literally a singer in a band with classic rock’n’roll party band The Sentinels

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