July 5, 2008

Quirky View of What the Sixties May Have Been Like

Audiences are invited to a live film with bad coffee, nervous breakdowns, wild parties and modern hairstyles.

Acclaimed performance collective Gob Squad visit ICIA's arts theatre on Saturday with their new piece - You've Never Had It So Good - based around Andy Warhol's film Kitchen.

Nothing much happens, yet it somehow encapsulates the hedonistic experimental energy of the swinging Sixties. Learning lines was considered "old fashioned" so the actors just hung around. Sex, drugs and parties are referred to, but nothing takes place.

You've Never Had It So Good is a reconstruction of Warhol's cult Sixties film. The only problem being that Gob Squad have never seen it, as it is now unavailable. What follows is an exploration of anecdotal memory of what the film might have been like, and what the Sixties were all about. How can they get it right? How do they know if they're going wrong? Gob Squad's Kitchen becomes a journey back in time and back to the future.

It's a quest for the original, the authentic, the here and now, and the hidden depths beneath the shiny surfaces of modern life.

Gob Squad is a group of UK and German artists, working with performance, theatre, installation and video since 1994. Using the language of film, TV and pop music to explore the complexities and absurdities of life today, Gob Squad sets theatre and the "real world" on a collision course.

The work is both provocative and entertaining.

Gob Squad's Kitchen (You've Never Had It So Good) appears at the ICIA arts theatre, University of Bath, on Saturday, July 5. Tickets cost pounds9 (pounds7 concessions) - call 01225 386777.

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