History History History

Deborah Pearson

In 1956, there was a popular uprising against the USSR in Hungary. The battle was fought primarily from the Corvin Cinema, and led to one of the largest refugee crises of the twentieth century. In a screening of the 1956 comedy about football that was scheduled to premiere at the Corvin Cinema the week of the uprising, DEBORAH PEARSON unlocks a surprisingly personal story.

A documentary performed live, the performance runs the length of and is timed alongside the film, using interviews with the exiled screenwriter and people involved with the film to playfully reflect on immigration, censorship, and our personal links with history.

With dramaturgy by Daniel Kitson and outside eye work by Tania El Khoury and Laura Dannequin, HISTORY HISTORY HISTORY is a show for lovers of cinema and for anyone who has stared at pictures of their ancestors a little too long.


A House on Fire commission by bit teatergarasjen (Norway) and Théâtre Garonne (France).
Funded by Culture Europe. Developed in part at the National Theatre Studio.

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