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Anna Breckon and Nat Randall’s The Second Woman — last seen in Australia at the 2019 Adelaide Festival — has enthralled audiences around the world (Arrested Development star Alia Shawkat recently delivered the 24-hour marathon in Brooklyn, BAFTA-award winner Ruth Wilson was poised to open in London before the shutdown).
Their much-anticipated new work, Set Piece, is another theatrical/cinematic hybrid. Loosely inspired by the intergenerational couples of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Set Piece explores two lesbian relationships in the bottle-strewn aftermath of a party. As in Edward Albee’s play, the characters grapple with truth and illusion but in the hands of this creative team the narrative distorts and fractures, morphing from neatly structured familiarity into something unexpected and new.
Together with saturated lighting, a cinematic score and lush tactile props, you’ll be immersed in synesthetic pleasure with the images, erotic dynamics, and styles of intimacy drawn from seventy years of queer culture and lesbian pulp fiction from the 50s and 60s.
Brought to you by four remarkable performers: Eugenia Fragos, Nat Randall, Carly Sheppard and Rima Te Wiata, it’s a must for cinephiles, art lovers and theatre buffs. And — as you would expect from Nat Randall and Anna Breckon — it’s sexy, beautiful, melancholic and solidly funny.