Sidmouth Youth Theatre play Korczak tells the story of ‘victory of spirit over oppression’

Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7899. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7899. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

The uplifting story of a Polish Jew who protected 200 children from the worst horrors of the Warsaw Ghetto is the subject of Sidmouth Youth Theatre’s latest production.

Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7895. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7895. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Korczak is at the Manor Pavilion Theatre from Wednesday, February 5, to Saturday, February 8.

Janusz Korczak was an inspirational writer and broadcaster who believed passionately in social justice and the rights of children as citizens.

Before the start of World War Two he had set up two orphanages in the Polish capital Warsaw, in which the children had their own parliament, court and newspaper.

When the Nazis moved in, one of the orphanages was enclosed within the walls of the ghetto. Instead of basing himself at the other orphanage, Korczak chose to remain with the children in the ghetto and do whatever he could to raise their spirits.

Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7894. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7894. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant


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When the children were eventually rounded up to be taken to the death camps, he stayed with them till the end, encouraging them to march with their heads held high.

The play is performed by children and teenagers aged 11 to 19 and the child characters are based on real people. It also features music, performed by professional musicians, as it follows the events in Warsaw and the way Korczak inspired and emboldened the orphans in his care.

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Angela Davies, director and head of drama at Sidmouth College, said:

"This moving and liberating musical retelling of the life of Korczak and his young people is a story not of despair, but of inspiration and hope, the victory of spirit over oppression.

Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7893. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7893. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

"This is the story not only of Korczak but the young people in his care; their hopes, their fears and their dreams."

The production was written by Nick Stimson, who is understood to be coming to see the show in Sidmouth. The music is by Chris Williams. In the near future the play will be translated and performed in Poland, where Korczak is acknowledged as a national hero.

The performances at the Manor Pavilion Theatre are at 7.30pm with a matinee on Saturday afternoon.

Tickets are not available online; they need to be bought at the theatre's box office, paid for with cash or a cheque made out to Sidmouth Youth Theatre.

Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7878. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7878. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7882. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7872. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7863. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7866. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7860. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7853. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7855. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7850. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7845. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7841. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7839. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7834. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7832. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7825. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7819. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7815. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7811. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7809. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7806. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7798. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7796. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7795. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7793. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7789. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7787. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7778. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7782. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7777. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7775. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7772. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7771. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7766. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7756. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7751. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7747. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7745. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7743. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7739. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7735. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7732. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7727. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7725. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7723. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7718. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7712. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7701. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7698. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7694. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7689. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7688. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7685. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7682. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7679. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7677. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7676. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7676. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7675. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7672. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7666. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7668. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7664. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7663. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7659. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7657. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7653. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7648. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7644. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7642. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7637. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7632. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7633. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7630. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7882. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7882. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7882. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7882. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7882. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7882. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7882. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7882. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7882. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7882. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7882. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7882. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7882. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7882. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7882. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7882. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Youth Theatre's production of korczak. Ref shs 06 20TI 7882. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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