Upcoming
20–21 July
BRAVE, Harbourfront Centre
Toronto, Canada

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

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Virginia, a woman, waits. A door opens. A man, Marty, enters. They talk, they laugh, it’s awkward, it’s funny, it’s tense. They have a drink and eat and dance together. He leaves. Then she does it all over again, and again, 100 times for a full 24 hours.

None of the 100 different men, drawn from across the local community, will have met or rehearsed with her. While each random actor changes the meaning of the scene, it’s what they have in common that stays with you: whether you stay for one hour or 24, the relentless performance of gendered power becomes deeply etched in your mind.

Created by an all-female-identifying and non-binary team who capture and mix the action live from multiple cameras, The Second Woman is a brilliant, binge-worthy spectacle, inspired by the 1977 John Cassavetes film Opening Night.

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.

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Nat Randall performing in The Second Woman

Be part of the performance

The Second Woman requires a diverse range of male-identifying participants to perform in the show.

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

Credits

Co-creators
Nat Randall & Anna Breckon

Script & Direction
Anna Breckon & Nat Randall

Video Direction
EO Gill & Anna Breckon

Camera Operation
EO Gill

Lighting Design
Amber Silk & Kayla Barrett

Sound Composition
Nina Buchanan

Set Design
FUTURE METHOD STUDIO

Original Hair & Makeup Design
Sophie Roberts

Produced by Performing Lines

Current dates & tickets

20–21 July
BRAVE, Harbourfront Centre
Toronto, Canada
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18–19 October
Next Wave Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music
New York City, United States
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Information for Presenters

Marion Potts Executive Producer
Tahni Froudist Producer

Presentation History

2019
Adelaide Festival
Adelaide, SA
2018
National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Perth Festival at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
Perth, WA
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Full Presentation History for The Second Woman

2019
Adelaide Festival
Adelaide, SA
2018
National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Perth Festival at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
Perth, WA
2017
Liveworks, Performance Space, Carriageworks
Sydney, NSW
Dark Mofo, Salamanca Arts Centre
Hobart, TAS
2016
Next Wave Festival, Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Melbourne, VIC

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.

In everything we do, we acknowledge that we live on Aboriginal land and constantly learn from the wisdom of our First Peoples.

Where we are and the history that precedes us informs how we work and how we move forward.