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Dr. Korczak’s Example: Fringe 2018 and schools tour (Previous Project)

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Dr Korczak was a Polish doctor and writer, who passionately championed every child’s right to freedom, respect and love. Dr Korczak’s Example is set in 1942 in the final days of an orphanage in the Jewish ghetto of Warsaw, where food is scarce, tempers rise and everyone wants to survive. Award-winning playwright David Greig tells this powerful tale of Korczak’s refusal to abandon the young people in his care, and focuses on the human need for respect and hope, even in the face of injustice.

After performing this piece for an invited audience in January 2018 we are now bringing it to the Edinburgh Fringe. The show will be performed as part of the Just Festival between 3rd and 11th August at St John’s (Venue 127). Tickets are on sale now via the Fringe box office.

In September 2018 Dr Korczak’s Example will be touring schools around Edinburgh.


Dr Korczak – Fraser Dodds

Stephanie – Lianne Harris

Adzio- Fraser MacRae

Production Team

Writer- David Greig

Director- Steve Small

Assistant Director – Kai Peacock

Lighting Designer – Kostas Christakos

Lighting Technician- Malcolm Rogan

Sound Designer – Gavin Fort

Stage Manager – Marie-Louise Petersen

Designer – Katie Innes

Props Maker – Nicola Milazzo

Violin Music- Cameron Newell

Production assistants- Charlie Park-Long and David Irvine

With thanks to GameChanger partnership, Fast Forward, Big House, Sally MacRae, Tallulah Greive, Lottie Avery, Dr Susan Martin, Theatre Stuff and everyone at the Just Festival/St. John’s Church. Special thanks to the anonymous donors without whom this production would not have been possible.


Age group: 12+
Dates: 3-4, 6-7, 10-11 August at 7.15pm additional performance Tuesday 7th at 9.15pm
Venue: Just Festival at St John's (Venue 127)

Venue 127: Map


Full Price £12, Concession £10, Family discount also available

plus 2 for 1 offers on 6th, 7th August or for Friends of the Fringe

Tickets available here.


Sound designer Gavin Fort spoke to the cast and crew during the rehearsals for our first performance of Dr Korczak’s Example back in Janaury this year. You can listen to them, along with clips from the performance here:



Staff Members

Steve Small

Creative Director

Steve has worked with young people in theatre for 25 years. He was Associate Director for Scottish Youth Theatre, Head of Education at the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh where he created the Education Department and founded the award winning Lyceum Youth Theatre and was Associate Director, Education & Community, at Dundee Rep.  Since founding Strange Town he has directed numerous plays including Teach Me which was shortlisted for the Scottish Arts Club Edinburgh Guide Scottish Theatre Award in 2012.  Other work includes; The National Theatre of Scotland, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Edinburgh College, Queen Margaret University College, Moray House, BBC Scotland, Aberdeen Council and he has led workshops in Norway and Japan.

What People Say

"…this poignant production serves to remind us how children all over the world should be treated."
“Fraser MacRae… is truly captivating as the wild and street-wise Adzio”

*** http://www.alledinburghtheatre.com/dr-korczaks-example-review-edfringe-2018/

All Edinburgh Theatre (Sarah Moyes)

“Fraser Dodds plays the selfless doctor with a heartfelt reverence”
“Lianne Harris... In an earnest professional stage debut”

**** https://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2018/08/edinburgh-festival-fringe-2018-review-dr-korczaks-example/amp/

Edinburgh Reporter (Lee Levitt)