Nat Randall and Anna Breckon

The Second Woman

Produced by Performing Lines
Presented by Adelaide Festival and Vitalstatistix

In an astonishing feat of endurance performance and live cinema, a performer repeats a single scene inspired by the 1977 John Cassavetes film Opening Night. 100 times over a 24-hour period, she performs over and over a scene between a man and a woman in a relationship that has lost its romance and vitality. Starring opposite her are 100 different men drawn from the South Australian community.

A female and non-binary team capture, direct and mix each scene live from five simultaneously recording cameras, highlighting minute details of expression and variations in performance, while the gendered conventions of emotionality and intimacy are writ large in a compelling spectacle.

Nat Randall and Anna Breckon’s The Second Woman is a cult hit, not to be missed. Whether you choose to stay for an hour or a day, the accumulative impact of this work of performance and cinematic art will be deeply etched in your mind.

“One of the finest examples of independent Australian theatre in years.” ★★★★★ – The Guardian

Vitalstatistix sought 100 men to participate in The Second Woman.  Registration has closed.

Image: Heidrun Lohr

Creative Team

Co-creators: Nat Randall and Anna Breckon
Performer: Nat Randall
Script and Direction: Anna Breckon and Nat Randall
Video Direction: EO Gill and Anna Breckon
Camera Operation: EO Gill
Lighting Design: Amber Silk
Sound Composition: Nina Buchanan
Hair and Makeup Design: Sophie Roberts



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The Second Woman was originally supported by Next Wave in 2016

Project Dates

4pm 10th March – 4pm 11th March 2019
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
Tickets: $33.95 - $67.65, at This is inclusive of an $8.95 Bass booking fee.