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

Credits

Co-creators
  • Nat Randall & Anna Breckon
Concept & Performance
  • Nat Randall
Script & Direction
  • Anna Breckon & Nat Randall
Video Direction
  • EO Gill & Anna Breckon
Camera Operation
  • EO Gill
Lighting Design
  • Amber Silk
Sound Composition
  •  Nina Buchanan
Set Design
  • FUTURE METHOD STUDIO
Hair & Makeup Design
  • Sophie Roberts

Produced by Performing Lines

Information for Presenters

Marion Potts Executive Producer

Presentation History

2018
Perth Festival at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
Perth, WA
2017
Live Works, Performance Space, Carriageworks
Sydney, NSW
Dark Mofo, Salamanca Arts Centre
Hobart, TAS
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Full Presentation History for The Second Woman

2018
Perth Festival at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
Perth, WA
2017
Live Works, Performance Space, Carriageworks
Sydney, NSW
Dark Mofo, Salamanca Arts Centre
Hobart, TAS
2016
Next Wave Festival, Australian Centre for the Moving Image
, ACT

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

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.