We are so happy to announce that Show Me A Good Time has been selected for this year’s Theatertreffen. If you don’t know, it’s a bit like the Oscars of the German theatre world (or should that be the Golden Globes?). Theatertreffen showcases 10 outstanding productions from the past 12 months in Berlin each May. Here’s the statement of the jury, explaining why they chose it:
This show is an allegory and a portrait of our first Corona year: Just like in Zoom meetings with family or friends, the dialogues stretch across miles and time-zones. Gob Squad set out to find the big issues that we dealt with in 2020 in the mundane: dying, nature, environment, hygiene, the future of the theatre. The structure of this chatting and strolling is determined by the city (one performer is at the local theatre, the others fan out) and by the quarter-hourly tasks that are set. Thus, time itself becomes the protagonist: sometimes with a Hofmannsthalesque melancholy, sometimes with a casual gesture of extravagance, sometimes with astonishment at the synchronicity of the asynchronous or in wild, personal time travel. This show is interesting even when it is idling. It works as a marathon of twelve hours, a chance to delight in warming ourselves near the virtual camp fire of a theatre that works in both the analogue and the digital realm.
Show Me A Good Time is made for streaming as well as a theatre audience. So even if theatres are closed, you’ll still be able to watch. Thank you to all the co-producers (HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Series (San Diego), Mousonturm (Frankfurt), Schlachthaus Theater Bern and Internationales Sommerfestival Kampnagel (Hamburg)) for taking a leap into the unknown with us as we reworked the project from analogue to digital during the first lockdown last year.