Programme

Gob Squad

Gob Squad’s Kitchen (You’ve Never Had It So Good)

Theatre

German / English / 100 min.

If tomorrow I find somebody who is pretty much like me and I put her here to sing, she can be Nico while I go and do something else.  - Nico
 
It’s 1965 and everything is just about to happen. Pop, subculture, superstars, feminism, drugs, bright lights, and sex are about to rock the world like never before. Gob Squad take the hand of the King Of Pop Art himself, Andy Warhol, and take a trip back to the underground cinemas of New York City, back to where it all began. Gob Squad’s Kitchen takes one of Warhol’s films, “Kitchen”, as its starting point. Nothing much happens in the original film yet it somehow encapsulates the hedonistic experimental energy of the swinging sixties. Learning lines was considered ‘old fashioned’ so the actors just hang around. Sex, drugs and wild parties are referred to but nothing in particular takes place. As Edie Sedgwick, one of the film’s stars, says “I live my part too – only I can’t figure out what my part is in this movie.”
 
Gob Squad set themselves the task of reconstructing Kitchen and other Warhol films “Eat”, “Sleep” and ”Screen Test”. How can they get it just right? How do they know if they’re going wrong? How did people dance in 1965? What did they talk about? Had feminism happened? Or was it yet to begin? Gob Squad’s Kitchen becomes a journey back in time and back to the future again. A quest for the original, the authentic, the here and now, the real me, the real you and the hidden depths beneath the shiny surfaces of modern life.

After almost 200 performances across the world, “Gob Squad’s Kitchen” is one of the company’s most successful productions. In 2012, a three week run at the Public Theatre in New York resulted in a Drama Desk Award for UNIQUE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE.

Cast

Concept: Gob Squad / Devised and performed by: Johanna Freiburg, Sean Patten, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Bastian Trost, Simon Will, Sharon Smith, Nina Tecklenburg, Laura Tonke / Performers December 2017: Sharon Smith, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Bastian Trost / Performers May 2017: Sharon Smith, Sean Patten, Simon Will, Bastian Trost / Video: Miles Chalcraft (Martin Cooper) / Sound Design: Jeff McGrory (Jeffrey Fisher) / Production Manager and Dramaturgy: Christina Runge / UK Producer: Ayla Suveren / Tour and Stage Manager: Sophia Simitzis, Tina Pfurr, Mat Hand / Design Assistant, Stage: Chasper Bertschinger / Production Assistant: Sophia Simitzis / Gob Squad Management: Eva Hartmann

Dates

  • Past
    Thu 10.11.2016, 20:00 / HAU1
    Fri 11.11.2016, 20:00 / HAU1
    Sat 12.11.2016, 20:00 / HAU1
    Fri 26.5.2017, 20:00 / HAU1
    Sat 27.5.2017, 20:00 / HAU1
    Tue 5.12.2017, 20:00 / HAU1
    Wed 6.12.2017, 20:00 / HAU1
    Repertoire
    Sat 15.2.2020, 20:30 / HAU1
    Repertoire
    Sun 16.2.2020, 17:00 / HAU1

Credits

Production: Gob Squad, Volksbühne im Prater Berlin, Donaufestival Niederösterreich, Nottingham Playhouse and Fierce! Funded by the Senate Department of Culture and Europe Berlin, Fonds Darstellende Kuenste e.V. and the Arts Council of England.

Location

HAU1
Stresemannstr. 29, 10963 Berlin

There are two marked parking spots in front of the building. Access to the Parkett by means of a separate entrance with lift when necessary. Barrier-free restroom facilities are available. Advance notification advised.

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