Treading Water by Kathryn Gardner
A Comedy Play of Belly Laughs, Broken Hearts & Biscuits
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 get to live?
And what are they waiting for? A sign of danger? Maybe that’s just what they need.
Each morning a lone figure appears on the sand. They watch, transfixed, as he wafts his equipment, listening for the beep. If only there were a way to get him to come over. If only there were a way to get him to say something. Anything.
Treading Water is a funny, heartwarming tale that combines classic end of pier comedy with Aykbourn - style dialogue.
“Screw it! I’m going all out and giving this one five stars. A beautifully touching piece of theatre with great humour. I predict big things for this show and I cannot wait to see it again.” The Ginger in The Theatre
"A delightful and absorbing production of a sharp and perceptive script” London Theatre 1
"Kathryn Gardner’s script is beautifully paced and observed… The writing is taut, the story is sweet and enjoyable, the banter between Carol and Sue is very funny, and the double entendres littered throughout the dialogue fit appropriately into the seaside setting.” The Play's The Thing
“I was left very impressed by writer and performer Kathryn Gardner’s ability to capture the silent pathos that can be found in everyday conversation. The writing is tight, with a clear structure and dialogue that beautifully ebbs and flows much like the ocean evoked throughout the piece. It is freezing outside but Treading Water will warm you right up with its gentle tenderness and endearing humour and charm.” Mark Aspen Reviews
"... bringing Gardner’s snappy dialogue alive in their bright red lifeguard hoodies, chatting and arguing as only old friends can." West End Wilma