Nat Randall and Anna Breckon / Produced by Performing Lines
The Second Woman details
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The Second Woman description
How can a show become a cult hit after only four performances in four different cities? Because it’s no ordinary show. This is The Second Woman – Nat Randall and Anna Breckon’s astonishing feat of endurance performance and live cinema. They have agreed to perform their herculean work for a fifth, perhaps final, time at the 2019 Adelaide Festival.
Virginia, a woman, waits. The door opens. A man, Marty, enters. They talk, they laugh, it’s awkward, it’s funny. He leaves. Then she does it all over again, and again, for a full 24 hours.
None of the 100 different Martys, from across South Australia, have met or rehearsed with her. While it’s true each random man changes the meaning of the scene, it’s what they have in common that shocks: whether you choose to stay for an hour or a day, the nature of engendered power relationships becomes deeply etched in your mind.
It’s a brilliant concept inspired by the 1977 John Cassavetes film Opening Night, created by a female and non-binary team who capture and mix the action live from five simultaneously recording cameras. At the conclusion of each scene the man must make a stark decision. The wait for what comes next becomes more addictive than any binge-worthy TV series.
FOMO* is a real and present danger for this event - take heed from audiences elsewhere and diarise the date!
*FOMO = Fear Of Missing Out!
A stunning creative feat, from concept to execution. One of the finest examples of independent Australian theatre in years.
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We become obsessive voyeurs, closely reading each encounter for alterations in her delivery, and for different...performance choices made by each male performer…People (myself included) sat in The Second Woman for hours at a time, and upon leaving they could be heard saying “we have to come back.
I've pre-booked my ticket via BASS - what happens now?
As an advanced booking ticket holder you must arrive at The Space Theatre for a 4pm start on Sunday 10 March, as stated on your ticket to guarantee your express-entry into the theatre.
If you are unable to arrive for the ticketed start time of 4pm, your ticket will of course still be valid, but you will need to join a general queue alongside our ‘door sales’ patrons.
What happens if I have booked my ticket and am running later OR haven't bought my ticket?
Once The Second Woman commences at 4pm, a queue will be in operation in the foyer for any late-coming ticket-holders and those who are opting to purchase their tickets at the door. This queue will operate for the next 24 hours on a “one out, one in” basis with no preference between advanced ticket holders and door sales patrons.
I have to leave due to other engagements but want to come back - how does that work?
If you choose to leave the theatre for a meal or to see another show but wish to return at another time within the 24 hours of the performance, you will be able to do so with the use of your wrist band and wrist stamp which will be issued upon your first entrance to the theatre. You will be required to join a queue any time you return.
What if I just want to go to the toilet?
Pass out tokens will be available for toilet breaks only. In this case, your place will be held in the theatre.
Can I share my ticket with a friend?
Please note, tickets to The Second Woman cannot be shared – each ticket, while valid for multiple entries, can only be used by one individual. Extra tickets can be purchased on the door from 5pm, Sunday 10 March.
Light refreshments will be available from The Space Theatre foyer bar from 4pm-11pm Sunday 10 March, reopening at 10am on Monday 11 March.
Offering a larger range of dining options, The Malt Shovel Tap House (enter from the foyer) will be open till late on Sunday 10 March, reopening Monday March 11 at 12pm.
Koffee Ink (Elder Park café) opens Monday March 11 from 9am – 3pm.
Tea, coffee and water will be available free of charge overnight.
Book a dinner with this event
Have you thought about dinner?
Make it a night and book your meal at Madame Hanoi before or after your show.