The Second Woman

Holland Festival

The Second Woman

Anna Breckon & Nat Randall


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The Second Woman
Anna Breckon & Nat Randall

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In The Second Woman Georgina Verbaan repeats a single scene 100 times over a 24-hour period. Starring opposite her are 100 different male participants drawn from the local community. In each scene the two performers meet on the stage for the first time.

Festival Holland Festival

Run time 24 hours
Genre theatre
Language English, Dutch

The scene involves a woman and a man in a relationship that has lost its creativity, romance and vitality. A man enters. We know as little about him as the performer does. The intense and intimate exchange between her and the participant culminates in a final choice: ‘I love you’ or ‘I never loved you.’

The set design and live images draw inspiration from American independent cinema of the 1970s and a history of women's melodrama, as a genre portraying women in a stereotypical way..
Spectators are free to come and go as they please throughout the 24 hours, and each scene lasts about 10 minutes. On-stage sparks fly, lines between fiction and reality blur, and the sense of elation and anxiety is palpable.

The Second Woman will take place simultaneously as a performance on stage and a live screening at Pathé Tuschinski. Practical questions about your visit to The Second Woman? Check the FAQ.


creation Nat Randall, Anna Breckon
direction and script Anna Breckon, Nat Randall
with Georgina Verbaan
video design Gill Breckon, Anna Breckon
licht co-design Amber Silk, Kayla Burrett, Lauren Woodhead
sound design Nina Buchanan
design hair and make-up Sophie Roberts

producer Jade Muratore
tour manager Jade Muratore
this performance is made possible by VandenEnde Foundation


The Holland Festival is the largest international performing arts festival in the Netherlands and one of the oldest festivals in Europe. Founded in 1947, Holland Festival celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2022.

The festival takes place every June, in and around Amsterdam at various locations, indoors and outdoors, large-scale and intimate, online and offline.


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