One of the finest examples of independent Australian theatre in years.

The Guardian

In an epic endurance performance, Nat Randall repeats a single scene inspired by the John Cassavetes’ American meta-theatrical drama Opening Night. 100 times over a 24 hour period, Randall performs over and over a scene between a man and a woman in a relationship that has lost its creativity, romance and vitality. Starring opposite Randall are 100 different men drawn from the local community.

The scene is captured on multiple cameras and projected live alongside the staged performance, highlighting minute details of expression and variations in performance. The Second Woman makes a public spectacle of the affects and styles of connection involved in a scene of stranger intimacy. Through the repetition of this intimate exchange, The Second Woman explores the generic and gendered conventions of emotionality, as well as the affective and relational nature of gender identity.

The Second Woman is simultaneously praise and critique, a performance piece that is as intellectually rigorous as it is a joy to watch.

Kill Your Darlings
Nat Randall performing in The Second Woman

Be part of the performance

We are seeking a diverse range of male-identifying participants to perform opposite Nat Randall in The Second Woman.

All ages and backgrounds are welcome; no performing experience is required – non-performers are encouraged to apply.

If you identify as male and are interested in participating please complete THIS registration form.

Date and Time: 4pm Sunday 10th March – 4pm Monday 11th March, 2019
Duration: Each encounter lasts for 10 – 20 minutes
Venue: Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
Fee: Each participant will receive an honorarium of $50


Nat Randall & Anna Breckon

Performed in Taiwan by
Zhu Zhi-Ying

Video Direction
EO Gill & Anna Breckon

Camera Operation
EO Gill

Lighting Design
Amber Silk

Sound Composition
Nina Buchanan

Set Design

Original Hair & Makeup Design
Sophie Roberts

Produced by Performing Lines

Presented in Taiwan by National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts

Information for Presenters

Marion Potts Executive Producer
Tahni Froudist Producer

Presentation History

Perth Festival at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
Perth, WA
National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Adelaide Festival
Adelaide, SA
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Full Presentation History for The Second Woman

Perth Festival at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
Perth, WA
National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Liveworks, Performance Space, Carriageworks
Sydney, NSW
Dark Mofo, Salamanca Arts Centre
Hobart, TAS
Next Wave Festival, Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Adelaide Festival
Adelaide, SA

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

The Second Woman is produced by Performing Lines and supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. This production was originally supported by Next Wave.

Performing Lines acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we work – the Gadigal in Sydney, the Whadjuk in Perth, and the Muwinina in Hobart – and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

We extend those respects to all First Nations peoples on whose lands we travel and perform.