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  • Posted 29 May 2019

    LIFT and the Young Vic announce our first LIFT 2020 show, The Second Woman

    With just over a year to go until our next festival, we’re beyond excited to reveal an absolute trailblazer of a show, in a co-production with the Young Vic. The Second Woman by Australia’s Nat Randall and Anna Breckon is an internationally-acclaimed 24-hour feat of endurance performance and live cinema and we can’t wait to bring it to London.

    Created by an all-female-identifying and non-binary team who capture and mix the action live from multiple cameras, The Second Woman is a brilliant, binge-worthy spectacle, inspired by the 1977 John Cassavetes film Opening Night. 

    Over the course of 24 hours, 100 different men are all invited to star opposite ‘Virginia’ who performs the exact same scene again and again. None of the 100 men have met or rehearsed with Virginia. And while the presence of each new man shifts the meaning of this intimate exchange, it’s the recurring, unnerving yet familiar moments that shock: whether you choose to stay for an hour or the whole night, the precarious nature of gender and power relationships will continue to circle in your mind long after you leave your seat.

    ‘One of the finest examples of independent Australian theatre in years.’ ★★★★★ The Guardian Australia

    LIFT 2020 will be the 23rd edition of our biennial festival and the first with Kris Nelson as Artistic Director. Of this announcement, Kris has said:

    ‘I’m delighted to reveal a first glimpse into our 2020 programme and thrilled to bring The Second Woman to London together with the Young Vic. A cult festival hit, a monumental performance that had audiences in Australia and Taiwan buzzing for months after and I know it will capture the imagination of Londoners. Virtuosic, unsettling and revealing; it’s endurance theatre you won’t want to miss. And where better to be absorbed into a theatrical marathon than the bold and brave Young Vic?’

    Speaking about his collaboration with LIFT – the first for the Young Vic and LIFT since 2014, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director of the Young Vic, said:

    ‘I am beyond excited to be working with Kris as part of his first season as AD of LIFT. To my mind, the festival directly speaks to the type of work I am really interested in; the exceptional, the unconventional and the unexpected. The Second Woman is formally challenging, hypnotic and utterly unique; and I believe it will become an ‘I was there’ moment for our audiences.’

    Casting to be announced and date and ticket information to follow.

    Creators Nat Randall and Anna Breckon, Script & Direction Anna Breckon & Nat Randall, Video design EO Gill and Anna Breckon, Lighting design Amber Silk and Kayla Burrett, Sound design Nina Buchanan, Set design FUTURE METHOD STUDIO, Original hair and makeup design Sophie Roberts, Produced by Performing Lines.
    Image: Heidrun Lohr