Following the success of R&D project Repetitive Beats at the 2017 Vault Festival, Subtle Paws returns to Vault 2018 with Treading Water.

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.

Subtle Paws is a one woman company, Kathryn Gardner – an actor and writer. 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.

Treading Water is at VAULT Festival 28th February – 14th March 2018.

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