Image: Kate Blackmore

Image: Kate Blackmore

The Second Woman, by Nat Randall

In an epic feat of endurance, Nat Randall performs a single scene inspired by John Cassavetes’ 1977 film Opening Night, on repeat for 24 continuous hours. Starring opposite Randall are 100 different men who range in age, background and acting ability. Each scene is captured on camera and projected live alongside the staged performance. Through the repetition of this intimate encounter, The Second Woman explores the complex interplay between identity, performance, gender, emotion, cinema and reality.

Premiering at Melbourne’s Next Wave Festival 2016, The Second Woman was named as one of Guardian Australia’s “10 most groundbreaking shows by women” in 2016. In 2017 it has travelled to Dark Mofo in Hobart and Liveworks Festival in Sydney, receiving 5 star reviews from publications such as The Guardian.

Concept and Performance
Nat Randall

Script and Direction
Anna Breckon & Nat Randall

Video Direction
E.O. Gill & Anna Breckon

Lighting Design
Amber Silk

Sound Composition
Nina Buchanan

Set Design
FUTURE METHOD STUDIO

Hair and Makeup
Sophie Roberts

Camera Operation
E.O. Gill

Participant Coordination
Jade Muratore

Performances:

LIVEWORKS FESTIVAL 2017, SYD

DARK MOFO 2017,  HOBART

NEXT WAVE 2016, MELBOURNE

Image: Holly Childs

Image: Holly Childs

REVIEWS

The Guardian, The Second Woman Review – stunning endurance theatre takes aim at patriarchy, Stephanie Convery

Worm Hole, The Sloppy Dance, Vincent Silk

Realtime, The Third Second Woman, Lauren Carroll Harris

Kill Your Darlings, Radical Capability: Endurance and mutation in The Second Woman, Jane Howard

ABC RN, The Second Woman, Teresa Tan

Q&A at Liveworks Festival, Sydney 2017