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
Script and Direction
Anna Breckon & Nat Randall
E.O. Gill & Anna Breckon
FUTURE METHOD STUDIO
Hair and Makeup
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