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.


Ruth Wilson


Author(s): Nat Randall, Anna Breckon
Producer(s): Young Vic, LIFT, Performing Lines
Director(s): Anna Breckon, Nat Randall
Design(s): EO Gill (video), Anna Breckon (video), FUTURE METHOD STUDIO
Lighting(s): Amber Silk, Kayla Burrett
Sound: Nina Buchanan
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The Second Woman

The Second Woman (Performance) production archive for QTIX code T0276522487. Details of all The Second Woman archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S01846276312

Archive Listings

19 Jun 20The Young Vic
West End
Greater London

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