Treading Water. A Female Led, Directed & Written Comedy Play at Vault Festival.
Treading Water is a sweet tale about grabbing the bull by the horns, taking a risk, and making something – anything, happen. With snappy dialogue, moments of slapstick and some great laugh out loud moments, this is a hilarious and truly heart wrenching almost – love story.
28th February - 4th March 2018
Brick Hall, Vault Festival, Leake Street, London SE 1 7NN
A Comedy of Belly laughs, broken hearts and biscuits.
Following the success of R&D project Repetitive Beats at the 2017 Vault Festival, Subtle Paws returns to Vault 2018 with Treading Water. Subtle Paws is a one woman company, Kathryn Gardner - an actor and writer. This is a play that she has written and is performing in.
About the play: Sue and Carol are lifeguards. Their routine is simple and their dreams seems equally so as they spend their days keeping the morning swimmers, the day trippers, and the evening strollers safe. Day after day they sit, they wait, and they watch the world go by.
But when your job is to watch, when do you actually get to live?
And what are they waiting for? A sign of danger?
Maybe that’s just what they need.
Each and every morning a lone figure appears on the sand; arriving early to make sure they get the best treasure. The women watch, transfixed as the figure wafts their equipment, listening for the beep... If only there were a way to get them to come over. If only there were a way to get them to say something. Anything.
Reviews for Treading Water
"A wonderful play that is both funny and sensitive"- Herts Gazette
" Gardner has an ear for comic dialogue and a wonderful understanding of pathos” - Daily Info
“… punctuated with such moments of physical comedy and, combined with the tip-top script, was a thoroughly entertaining production."- Oxford Times
Reviews for previous work
"...well performed and engaging, it encourages you to care about the characters depicted and the choices they make.” British Theatre Guide (Repetitive Beats)
"...a well crafted piece for the modern day woman" - The Tricycle (Holding)
"...fleshed out so realistically, it never drops your attention” - Reviews Gate (Head for Heights)
Treading Water was originally performed when Kathryn was artistic director with All In Theatre. The play has since been spruced up and re-worked for Vault 2018.
She is also taking Repetitive Beats to Edinburgh Festival later in the year.
Notes for Editors
Treading Water By Kathryn Gardner
Brick Hall Vault Festival 2018 Leake Street, London SE1 7NN
28th Feb - 4th Mar 2018
Wed - Sun 18:10
Sat Matinee 15:55
on selected performances
Special offer, £10 tickets with the code LIFEGUARD on Friday and Saturday shows. Offer ends 20th February
Cast Amy Ambrose, Kathryn Gardner, Joshua Ruhle
Sound Design James Bell