Picture: David Baltzer
Picture: David Baltzer
Picture: David Baltzer
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Gob Squad

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

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, the hidden depths beneath the shiny surfaces of modern life.
Past dates
November 2016, May 2017, December 2017
English and German
100 min
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 in Berlin ( May 2017)
Sharon Smith, Sean Patten, Simon Will and Bastian Trost
Miles Chalcraft (Martin Cooper)
Sound Design
Jeff McGrory (Jeffrey Fisher)
Production Manager and Dramaturgy / Production Manager & Dramaturgy
Christina Runge
UK Producer
Ayla Suveren
Tour/Stage Manager
Sophia Simitzis, Tina Pfurr, Mat Hand
Design Assistant/Stage
Chasper Bertschinger
Production Assistant
Sophia Simitzis
Gob Squad Management
Eva Hartmann
Gob Squad is regularly funded 2015 - 2018 by the State Berlin, Senate Department of Culture and Europe.
Gob Squad’s Kitchen (You've Never Had It So Good) is a Gob Squad production, co-produced by 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.