16-25 Nov 2018

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Deborah Pearson History History History

Fri 11 Nov, 7.30pm

10Live Art Bistro

Regent Street, LS2 7QA

October 23rd, 1956, a revolution started in Hungary. Hungarians fought Soviet troops on the streets, from their homes, and from the Corvin Cinema, the Revolutionary Headquarters. Deborah Pearson loosely “translates” the film that was meant to be premiered at that cinema on that day.

History History History is a multi layered, hilarious and poignant journey in which a global moment collides with a personal history. Taking as its focus a satirical comedy film ostensibly about the Hungarian football team of 1956 in which a conman is mistaken for star player, Ferenc Puskás, and poached by an overarching dictatorship determined to rule the footballing world. But of course, it’s so much more. Brilliantly weaving actual and fake subtitles, Deborah illuminates this subversive comedy response to tyranny, touching on the difficulty of the child of a diaspora connecting with history, constrained by time, family narratives and a loss of language. Thus a 1956 Hungarian Football comedy gives way to the stories of a writer who lost his name, an actor who lost his voice, and a country that lost its revolution.

“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.”  – Kris Hatlett’s Mayfest Shorts Review

Developed with support from the National Theatre Studio.
A House on Fire Commission with Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse) and bit teatergarasjen (Bergen). 

Dramaturgy by Daniel Kitson.  Outside Eyes Tania El Khoury and Laura Dannequin.


CompassFestival Welcome

  • Fri 16 Nov

    Crowd of Favours


Closed Forum PresentsThe Journey

  • Fri 16 – Sun 25 Nov

    Geeks Room CIC

Available throughout the festival. Artist Talk 23 Nov, 6pm, Geeks Room CIC Unit 32, 3 Bramley Shopping Centre

Etheridge & PersighettiPublic House

  • Fri 16 – Sun 25 Nov

    Crowd of Favours

Launch event: Fri 16 Nov, 7pm
Beer Glasses available throughout the festival, along Kirkgate

Rosana Cade, Charlie Cauchi and Claire NolanWalking : Holding

  • Sat 17 Nov

    Leeds Art Gallery

Film screening, 3pm | (45mins followed by Q&A)

Jack TanFour Legs Good

  • Sat 17 – Sat 24 Nov

    Leeds Town Hall

Exhibition 17-24 Nov
Day of live court hearings Sat 24 Nov, 1pm-6.30pm

ScotteeWould like to meet

  • Sat 17 – Sun 25 Nov

    St. Peter’s Mount

Open all day

Image of voting box in City Square

Redhawk LogisticaMeasures of Us

  • Seacroft | Beeston | Gipton | Bramley | Holbeck | Woodhouse | Leeds City Square

Neighbourhood Voting: Mon 19 – Fri 23 Nov
City Centre Exhibition: Sat 24 Nov, 12pm - 7pm. Artist talk 4pm, FREE

Joonas Berghäll and Mika Hotakainen Steam of Life

  • Thu 22 Nov

    North Star Coffee Roastery

Doors and food 6.30pm. Film screening 7pm (80mins)

Sarah Caputo & Brenda Unwin1000 Handshakes

  • Thu 22 – Sat 24 Nov

    Leeds City Bus Station

10am-7pm, FREE

Debbie Kent & Alisa OlevaThe Demolition Project

  • Fri 23 – Sat 24 Nov

    Leeds Kirkgate Market

10am - 4pm, Artist talk Sat 24 Nov, 4pm

Bethany WellsWarmth

  • Fri 23 – Sun 25 Nov

    Leeds Dock (outside Primal Gym)

1pm-9pm | Bring your own towel or borrow one of ours. Changing rooms, lockers and showers are available., FREE

French & MottersheadWaterborne

  • Sat 24 – Sun 25 Nov

    Leeds Dock

Hourly sailings between 12-8pm

Diverse ActionsCritical Writing Workshop

  • Sun 25 Nov

    Live Art Bistro


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