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  • Highlighted Events Posted 25 February 2020

    A LIFT & Young Vic Co-production
    of Nat Randall and Anna Breckon’s

    Starring Ruth Wilson

    One woman. 100 men. 24 hours.

    Virginia waits. The door opens. Marty enters. Virginia has some things she needs to say. But how will he respond?

    In a brilliant concept inspired by the 1977 John Cassavetes film Opening Night, created by an all-female-identifying and non-binary team who capture and mix the action live from multiple cameras, 100 different men are invited to star opposite ‘Virginia’ who performs the exact same scene again and again, for a full 24 hours.

    None of the 100 different Martys have met or rehearsed with Virginia. Most of them are non-actors, and while the presence of each new Marty shifts the meaning of this intimate exchange, it’s the recurring, unnerving yet familiar moments that shock. Whether you choose to stay for 24 minutes or the full 24 hours, the precarious nature of gender and power relationships will continue to circle in your mind long after you leave your seat.

    In their first collaboration since 2014, LIFT and the Young Vic bring an exciting new production of this internationally-acclaimed epic feat of endurance theatre and live cinema to London.

    To view LIFT 2020 Digital Brochure click here

    Nat Randall & Anna Breckon (Australia)


    From 4pm Fri 19 June
    until 4pm Sat 20 June
    Young Vic
    Tickets available at £15, £25 and £45
    Age 14+

    Visit the Young Vic website for a full list of FAQs


    Created by
    Nat Randall and Anna Breckon
    Script and Direction
    Anna Breckon and Nat Randall
    Performed by
    Ruth Wilson
    Video Design
    EO Gill and Anna Breckon
    Lighting Design
    Amber Silk and Kayla Burrett
    Sound Design
    Nina Buchanan
    Set Design
    Original Hair and Makeup Design
    Sophie Roberts
    Produced with
    Fenn Gordon / Tandem
    Production Manager
    Jo Kilgour
    Casting by
    Nina Gold
    Male Participant Coordinator
    YV and LIFT

    The Second Woman is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and originally supported by Next Wave 2016.

    'Utterly compelling. A demonstration of the power of formal experimentation and a stunning creative feat.'

    The Guardian, praise for The Second Woman at Liveworks Festival, Sydney 2017