The Second Woman

Theatre, Experimental
Ruth Wilson, The Second Woman
Photograph: Bjarne Jonasson

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The wondrous Ruth Wilson will star in this 24-hour, 100-scene, one-off play at the Young Vic, running as part of LIFT 2020

The great Ruth Wilson will star in this unbelievably audacious 24-hour show, which forms perhaps the most striking entry in the LIFT 2020 programme. In a nutshell, ‘The Second Woman’ will see Wilson perform the same scene 100 times, with a different man performing opposite her in each run through. The scene they perform is adapted from John Cervantez’s 1977 film ‘Opening Night’, and features a seemingly estranged man and woman eat some food, have a dance, and then he leaves. The magic of Nat Randall and Anna Breckon’s show – which has been performed across the world – lies in the skilful use of live video to bring to life the different dynamics and fluctuating power relationships between Wilson and her hundred men.

The single performance of the show runs from 4pm Friday to 4pm Saturday and there are three tiers of ticketing: a 24-hour ticket, entry from either 2am, 2am, 4am, 6am, 8am or 10am, or £15 on the door tickets. Once you’re in, you can stay for the rest of the show, though if you leave for any reason other than a toilet break you’ll need to queue to get back in. It will not be possible to take food in.

Tickets go on sale Tue Mar 10 at 3pm.

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