Gob Squad (UK/DE) «Gob Squad’s Kitchen»

(You’ve Never Had It So Good)

Theatre/Performance / English & German / 100min
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 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, the hidden depths beneath the shiny surfaces of modern life.

There will be an audience discussion after the show on thu 26.1.
Concept/Konzept Gob Squad

Devised and performed by/Von und mit:  Johanna Freiburg,  Sean Patten,  Sharon Smith,  Berit Stumpf,  Nina Tecklenburg,  Sarah Thom,  Laura Tonke,  Bastian Trost,  Simon Will

Cast Basel: Berit Stumpf, Sharon Smith, Bastian Trost, Simon Will

Joined by/Gast
Erik Pold

Video Miles Chalcraft
Sound Design Jeff McGrory
Production Manager/Dramaturgy Christina Runge
UK Producer Ayla Suveren
Tour/Stage Manager Sophia Simitzis, Mat Hand
Design Assistant/Bühne Chasper Bertschinger
Gob Squad Management Eva Hartmann

Premiere March 30th 2007, Volksbuehne im Prater, Berlin.

Gob Squad Arts Collective erhält institutionelle Förderung im Rahmen des Konzeptförderungszeitraumes 2015 - 2018 des Landes Berlin, Senatskanzlei - Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.
Gob Squad’s Kitchen (You've Never Had It So Good) ist eine Gob Squad Produktion zusammen mit der Volksbuehne im Prater Berlin, donaufestival Nieder-österreich, Nottingham Playhouse und Fierce! Gefördert von der  Senatsverwaltung für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur Berlin, Fonds Darstellende Kuenste e.V. und dem Arts Council of England.

Gob Squad is regularly funded between 2015 to 2018 by the State Berlin, Senatskanzlei - Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.

Gob Squad’s Kitchen (You've Never Had It So Good) is a Gob Squad production, co-produced by Volksbuehne im Prater Berlin, donaufestival Nieder-oesterreich, Nottingham Playhouse and Fierce! Funded by the Senatsverwaltung fuer Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur Berlin, Fonds Darstellende Kuenste e.V. and the Arts Council of England.


The original screenplay for Andy Warhol's film Kitchen was written by Ronald Tavel.  You can find out more about Tavel's work at www.ronaldtavel.com