Internationally-acclaimed show heads to town with powerful message from the past

History, History, History is coming to Pyramid on Friday 1 June.An inspirational stage show is heading to Pyramid with an achingly personal tale about family and history.

History, History, History is a groundbreaking work that combines themes of family, war and immigration to tell a fascinating story about one of the biggest political uprisings of the 20th century.

In 1956, all eyes in Europe turned to Budapest, where a major revolt was taking place against the USSR.

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the street in protest, during which many lost their lives. Even more people were forced to flee the country.

The backdrop to this rebellion was the city’s Corvin Theatre. This theatre was scheduled to host the premiere of a Soviet-sponsored sports comedy the same week of the uprising.

Writer Deborah Pearson takes this film and adds layers of narrative to tell three distinct stories. These stories include the making of the film, the uprising itself and Deborah’s own family history.

She said: “After the uprising, 250,000 Hungarians fled. It was one of the largest refugee crises at that time. “My grandmother, my grandfather, my mother and my uncle were among them, and they went to Canada.

“We had this movie at home, and sometimes I’d watch it when I was growing up. However, when I started doing some research and I found that so many more historical and political layers just opened up.

 

“It might seem very specialised but at its heart is a very accessible story about our families, history, and the different paths our lives take.”

 

“I was working on this piece for four years; it was a real labour of love. I think that’s because I started with the film rather than the idea. It just seemed to expand in front of you like an endless book you can’t possibly read all of.”

This gripping drama uses multiple media to explore the wide-reaching impact of this particular historical event.

Deborah said: “It has all of these themes threading through it: the historical, the political, and the personal. There’s so much going on. It’s about the history of this film, and of my family.”

The show is a live documentary, with layers of narrative examining themes of immigration, suppression and personal links to history.

However, in addition to telling stories of the past, Deborah is also hoping to raise awareness of current world issues. By adding a sense of context and familiarity to the stories that hit the headlines – particularly when it comes to refugees and other victims of war.

 

“It was one of those things that just seemed to expand in front of you like an endless book you can’t possibly read all of.”

 

The piece also takes a look at the inescapable effect historical events have on all our family histories, and how one event that took place decades ago can completely change the entire identity of a family.

Pearson also plays around with the idea of censorship; from the enforced censorship of a dictatorship, to the natural censorship of family history, and the way stories are passed down from one generation to the next.

Tickets are on sale now.Despite the complexity of the work, History, History, History has won critical acclaim the world over. It has also been performed on three continents and in 10 countries.

Deborah said: “It’s experimental, but there’s a very accessible story at the heart of the performance. It’s a show you can bring a wide range of people to and they will all connect it.”

With dramaturgy by comedian Daniel Kitson, this comical drama delivers a gripping story with a powerful message at its core.

Deborah said: “It’s such a personal show for me, so I’m so pleased that people are able to get on board with it. You hear my mum’s voice, and my grandmother’s voice, and see my grandfather. It’s like collaborating with my family, so for that to be so well received means a lot.

“It might seem very specialised but at its heart is a very accessible story about our families, history, and the different paths our lives take.”

 Tickets are on sale now at www.pyramidparrhall.com or by calling Box Office on 01925 442345.

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