Deborah Pearson

History History History

Presented by The Lowry + Word of Warning as part of WTF

In Brief

How a 1950s Soviet-sponsored sports comedy became tied to a political uprising that made a mark on world history.

Now that it’s over, read a ★★★★ review by The Reviews Hub.

Venue + Booking Details

Date: Wednesday 13 June 2018, 8pm
Venue: The Lowry (Aldridge Studio), Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
Tickets: available to reserve from Wednesday 16 May, Pay What You Decide in person on the evening. Please note the WTF Wednesday ticketing policy below.
Box Office Tel: 0843 208 6000 (The Lowry)

Access Information

Age advisory: TBC (parental/guardian discretion). With no interval, the show lasts approximately 90 minutes. Features a combination of spoken text, composed sound + film. For specific age + access information please email or call 0161 232 6086.


In 1956, there was a popular uprising against the USSR in Hungary. The battle was fought primarily from the Corvin Cinema, and the uprising lead 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.

Using the film as material, Pearson creates a live documentary onstage. Her words form a counterpoint to the movie, fusing the political, the historical and the achingly personal. Riveting, haunting and ultimately inspiring, this is a show for lovers of cinema, and for anyone who has stared at pictures of their ancestors a little too long.

Who is she

A live artist and playwright, Deborah Pearson’s work has toured to four continents and fifteen countries, and has been translated into five languages; she recently published The Future Show with Oberon books. A founding co-director of UK artist collective Forest Fringe, Deborah has won awards for both her solo practice and her work with Forest Fringe — including three Herald angels, a Scotsman Fringe First, a Peter Brooke Empty Space Award, and the Total Theatre Award for Significant Contribution.

An associate artist with Volcano in Canada, she was a resident artist for two years at Somerset House Studios with Caroline Williams and is now an associate artist at Somerset House Studios with Forest Fringe.

What people have said about HHH

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.
★★★★★ The Fix Magazine
A roving and inventive presentation.
Sight and Sound Magazine

History History History in Salford is previewed by Manchester Confidential.


Dramaturgy by Daniel Kitson.
Outside eye work by Tania El Khoury + Laura Dannequin.
A House on Fire commission with Culture Europe, co-produced by Theatre Garonne (Toulouse, France) + bit teatergarasjen (Bergen, Norway).
Developed in part at the National Theatre Studio.

Websites | @shysecretagent | WTF Wednesday

WTF Wednesday ticketing policy at The Lowry

As this is a Pay What You Decide event, we know some people who book tickets won’t turn up on the night so we send out more tickets than there are places. We do our best to get the numbers right but we advise you arrive early to ensure you get a seat! We don’t often have to disappoint people but if we can’t fit you in we will try to offer you tickets to another show in The Lowry that night.

Performance Programme Spring/Summer 2018

Wed 28 Feb, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
The Audit (or Iceland, a modern myth)
Thu 17 May, 7.30pm (Fri 18 May sold-out). £7/4 | STUN Studio at Z-arts
Works Ahead 2018
Wed 13 Jun, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
History History History
Sat 4 Aug, 12–4.15pm. Free | Mcr City Centre
Hazard 2018: Shadow Girl — the city streets