Gob Squad

Western Society


German / English / 105 min.

“In the beginning, the gods gave us liberty. In the end, we discovered cheating...”

(Sheila Heti)

“Western Society” is a portrait of civilisation in the 21st century, like a frame through which we can peep into the living room of an unknown family, and recognize ourselves. In a far corner of the internet, Gob Squad have found a fairly unspectacular home video, of a family gathering somewhere at the edge of the western world, a waste product of our civilisation. There’s a party going on. A room full of people. Family, friends and strangers are gathered around a karaoke machine, alone together and together alone.

Gob Squad, dressed head to toe in gold, want to bring this little moment of lived reality back to life and they want to get the image just right. As the reconstruction gets underway, they search for answers, ponder the nature of true happiness, show their best sides and spill their stories, projecting themselves into this tiny piece of history. 

“Western Society” is inviting and isolating. It’s heaven and hell. For some, the splendid decadenceis a nightmare, for others a place they wished they could be.  It’s an endless party and everybody’s there: young, old and everyone in between, and with a bit of luck, you could be there too.


Concept & Direction: Gob Squad / Performed and Devised by: Johanna Freiburg, Sean Patten, Damian Rebgetz, Tatiana Saphir, Sharon Smith, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Bastian Trost und Simon Will / Berlin Besetzung: Sharon Smith, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Simon Will / Sound Design: Jeff McGrory, Torsten Schwarzbach / Video: Miles Chalcraft, Kathrin Krottenthaler / Costumes: Emma Cattell und Kerstin Honeit / Realisation Set Design: Lena Mody / Technical Coordinator & Lighting Design: Chris Umney, Max Wegner / Dramaturgy & Production Management: Christina Runge / Artistic Assistants: Mat Hand, Lena Mody / Interns: Sarah Sarina Rommedahl, Sophie Galibert / Management: Eva Hartmann / Touring Management: Mat Hand / Financial Management: Caroline Gentz / Press and Public Relations: Alexandra Lauck / UK Production: Ayla Suveren


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Originally commissioned by and developed with support from Center Theatre Group, Michael Ritchie, Artistic Director, Los Angeles, CA. Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Spielart Festival Munich and brut Vienna. A House on Fire co-production; with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union. Funded by: Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.


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