Gob Squad

Show Me A Good Time

Part of #HAUonline
A 12 hour live-streamed performance from 20 to 21 June


German and English / 

All we have left is now. “Show Me A Good Time” is set in a moment when the pause button has been pressed on the society of acceleration in which technology, fashion, social habits, financial markets and fake news all seem to be developing and changing at an ever faster rate. Within this pause, “The Present” is locked down and stuck in a perpetual selfie, staring at themselves on a filtered screen, listening to a mindfulness app on continuous repeat. They sooth themselves with mantras: if they can just be the best version of themselves, they will be fine, everything will be OK. Just carry on as usual, it will all be fine. In this “selfie emergency” Gob Squad understand that there is no going back to the way things were: reversibility is impossible. What is to be done? How can they heal “The Present” from its self-imposed procrastination?

For over 25 years, Gob Squad have been blurring the boundaries of art, theatre and real life. Sometimes they perform on the streets or in other public non-theatre locations. Sometimes they use cameras to bring the urban jungle, with all its danger, beauty and messiness, into the comfort of a theatre. Often they do both simultaneously.

In “Show Me A Good Time”, Gob Squad send out time-travelling, shape-shifting explorers into a strangely unfamiliar reality, to find out how to go on and where, amongst the dust and the dirt, a good time might be found again. Their mission connects the empty HAU1 with streets and locations in the city and reveals an alien world of habits, signs and symbols that once seemed to make sense but now only evokes a time already passed. With the benefit of hindsight and the optimism of the future, Gob Squad warp time, and completely rethink the clock.

“Show Me A Good Time” is a 12 hour live-streamed performance. Join us for as long as you like between the hours of 6 pm – 6 am (Berlin time) and 9am – 9pm (San Diego time) as we journey through the midsummer night together.



Concept, Direction: Gob Squad / Performance: Sean Patten, Sharon Smith, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Bastian Trost, Simon Will, Tatiana Saphir, Laura Tonke / Sound Design: Sebastian Bark, Jeff McGrory, Catalina Fernandez / Video Design: Noam Gorbat, Miles Chalcraft / Lighting Design, Technical Management: Max Wegner / Set Assistant: Amina Nouns / Costume Realisation: Emma Cattell / Dramaturgy, Production Management: Christina Runge / Internship: Clemens Zoller / Gob Squad Management: Eva Hartmann / Communication / PR: Alexandra Lauck / Tour Management: Mat Hand / UK Production: Ayla Suveren

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Gob Squad - Show me a good Time


  • Past
    Sat 20.6.2020, 18:00 / Online/Public Viewing

Dear audience,

For the livestream premiere of “Show Me a Good Time”, we will be selling tickets for the first time as part of our #HAUonline programme. Over the past weeks, we have consciously offered our extensive online programme comprising of livestreams, video premieres and texts free of charge, not least because the coronavirus pandemic has also put many people in an increasingly precarious financial situation. At the same time, one thing is clear: artistic works have a cost, whether they’re presented on a stage or online. Over the past few weeks, Gob Squad have been working with HAU Hebbel am Ufer on a new, ambitious production. “Show Me a Good Time” is a 12-hour livestream performance straight from HAU1 and other venues across the city, for which we will charge an entry fee of five euros, or three for concessions. We hope that this symbolic ticket price can also contribute to a new appreciation and look forward to your attendance!

The HAU Hebbel am Ufer Team


Production: Gob Squad. World premiere co-commissioned and co-produced by: HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin),  La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Series (San Diego). Co-production: Mousonturm (Frankfurt), Schlachthaus Theater Bern, Internationales Sommerfestival Kampnagel (Hamburg). Supported by: Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Gob Squad is funded by: Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

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