Devised and Performers: Gob Squad
Venue: The Theatre Tent
Reviewer: Kris Hallett
Latitude Festival needs a hero. Someone to save the day for the average festival goer, to provide toilet roll for those in need, fight anyone with ill intent and fall in love with a suitable love interest in time for a climactic final kiss.
Gob Squad’s film piece Super Night Shot sees its four performers pick up camera’s and complete this quest in real time, spanning the festival site over the course of an hour. It wraps up seconds before the audience enter the space and then these four films play simultaneously on a screen at the front of the stage, being somewhere site unseen on the go to create a narrative that is completely unique to that performance. Even as a piece of film piece in its sense of liveness and anything goes mischief it is as theatrical a work as you’ll see all weekend.
We see the performers interact with the great and good, the mad and the bad of the festival. These festival goers are the real stars of the piece, in their open and welcoming interaction with the four performers. As one of the artists starts to dance to camera, two teenage girls behind him join in and steal the show. The festival vibe means people are more open to the surreal elements, this is surely a vastly different show when taking place in a city location at night. There you can imagine the bafflement and perhaps the frisson of danger. Here it feels like a fairy tale, a lovely midsummer ramble.
The film Victoria was recently lauded for its one shot adventure over Berlin and there are some similar choreographic achievements here. It is synced bang on point, at times all four videos come together and the cumulative power of this buzzes with energy. It is funny and moving and celebratory and my festival highlight so far. Terrific.