Treading Water is a poignant story of a professional female swimmer battling with the stresses of being in the spotlight. Enclosed in a raised scaffold cube the performance soon reveals the pressures of ones genetic sex and places it explicitly upfront of an audience. Manic Chord deliver a powerful piece exploring and questioning the notion of equality what it is to be a man and women in todays landscape, reflecting not on what has been but on what could be.
Conceived by the Company
Directed by > Sam Berrill
Written by > David Cartwright
Design & Costume > Laura Price
Sound > Stuart Mellor
Lighting > Celia Dugua
Cast > Gabriella Schmidt, David Peel, Aimee Berwick
Produced by > Alex Monk
Production Images > Anthony Robling
Rehearsal Images > Celia Dugua
Original themes and ideas devised by >
Alastair Michael, Gabriella Schmidt, Luca Rutherford, Nick Bechman, Rebecca Naylor.
Supported by West Yorkshire Playhouse (Seed commission), Cast, stage@leeds, Interplay Theatre, Slung Low.
West Yorkshire Playhouse (R&D), Leeds
Treading Water was given a seed commission by The West Yorkshire Playhouse as part of its FURNACE Festival. The company worked alongside four performers to develop the themes and idea that shaped the later piece. The company is still working with aspects of this project. If you would like anymore information regarding its development to future showings please get into touch.