The Second Woman

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

The Second Woman - photo by Heidrun Lohr


Genre: Drama
Venue: Young Vic
Starts: Monday 1 June 2020
Running time:To be confirmed
Age suitability: 12+


In their first collaboration since 2014, the Young Vic co-produce with LIFT, as part of Kris Nelson's first festival as Artistic Director, to bring an exciting new production of this internationally-acclaimed 24-hour feat of endurance performance and live cinema to London.


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 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.

At the conclusion of each scene, the man must make a stark decision.

The wait for what comes next becomes a brilliant binge-worthy spectacle.

None of the 100 different Martys have met or rehearsed with Virginia.

Many of them are non-actors, 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 24 hours, the precarious nature of gender and power relationships will continue to circle in your mind long after you leave your seat.

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Previews from:Monday 1 June 2020

Closes:No date announced.

Performance days & times

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Author: Created by Nat Randall and Anna Breckon
Director: Anna Breckon & Nat Randall
Lighting: Amber Silk and Kayla Burrett
Sound: Nina Buchanan
Video designer: EO Gill and Anna Breckon
Production: Young Vic and LIFT co-production

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