To mark the 70th anniversary year of the deportation of Janusz Korczak from the Warsaw ghetto,and in support of the Gisimba Orphanage in Kigali, Rwanda, the play Confessions of a Butterfly will be on at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre, Kentish Town from 10th to 29th September.
The play has been written by Jonathan Salt, a Fellow of the Imperial War Museum. It is set on August 5th 1942, the day that Janusz Korczak led 200 children of the orphanage through the ghetto streets to the Umschlagplatz from which they would be deported to Treblinka extermination camp. We spend the last hours in his company in the Ghetto orphanage as he contemplates his life and prepares to meet his destiny.
In a previous post, I outlined Korczak’s progressive approach to the education and treatment of children. His work became the basis for the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Confessions of a Butterfly is previewing in Peterborough at the Key Theatre 16th – 18th of August, and you can get tickets for the preview by phoning the Box Office on 01733 207239.