Nat Randall hunts for 100 Perth men to co-star in Perth Festival’s The Second Woman


Nat Randall.
Nat Randall.

THE Perth Festival is on the hunt for 100 men to make their mark on a new independent Aussie work.

Each performer will separately play the role of Marty alongside aging blonde actor and lover Vivienne (Sydney actor Nat Randall) in 24-hour performance The Second Woman.

Randall repeats the same short scene 100 times, with a revolving door of co-stars of varying ages, cultural backgrounds and acting abilities.

“Outside of locking in about a 20-minute window for the project and learning a bit of the script, there is no real demand on the men,” Randall said.

“The script is very simple and when people lose a line that’s all the more interesting for the show.

“There is a line at the end in which they can say: ‘I love you’ or ‘I never loved you’ – they choose it on the spot or beforehand and it marks each participant with a different sensibility in relation to me.”

Part theatre, live art film and social experiment, the piece was inspired by 1977 film Opening Night and melds Randall’s performance background with co-writer Anna Breckon’s filmmaking finesse.

“We’ve done it a few times now and found it does reveal certain attributes of people in a relationship or a performer’s femininity or masculinity,” the actor said.

“We have a structure in which people can play out those dynamics, so it is quite telling in the way in which they perform it.

Randall never drops character for the entire marathon, pausing only for a short break to reset the scene.

“It’s a physical and physiological challenge for me but there’s something about the repetition of the scene: every time someone comes in it really resets me and the energy as well,” she said.

To register, visit perthfestival.com.au/get-involved/connect/second-woman-call.

THE ESSENTIALS

What: The Second Woman

When: March 3-4 (duration 24 hours)

Where: PICA Performance Space

Tickets: At the door prior to, and during the performance