Photo by Domen Ulbl
Photo by Domen Ulbl


By Deborah Pearson

All of our histories are a succession of accidents

In 1956, there was a popular uprising against the USSR in Hungary. The battle was fought primarily from the Corvin Cinema, and the uprising led to one of the largest refugee crises of the twentieth century. In a live commentary screening of a 1956 comedy about football, 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, suppression, and our personal links with history. This is a show for lovers of cinema, and for anyone who has stared at pictures of their ancestors a little too long.
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– The Fix Magazine

The show’s poignant humanity, its bittersweet reflections on the relentlessness of time and its potent blend of uplifting possibility and heartrending pathos make for an enchanting 90 minutes.”

– Musings on Film

“History History History is so strong it deserves to be enshrined as a film of its own; it does not deserve to be ethereal, but that is part of its beauty.”

– Deborah Withers, author of Feminism, Digital Culture and the Politics of Transmission

“History, History, History is a performance that reflects, implicitly, on the emergence of historical possibility as a creative, personal and collective process.”

– Kris Hatlett’s Mayfest Shorts Review

“A magnetic piece of work that does what all great theatre should, probes and prods at its subject and ultimately reveals it in a new light.”
Author: Deborah Pearson Performance: Deborah Pearson Dramaturgy: Daniel Kitson Artistic advisors: Tania El Khoury, Laura Danneqin