Ten Matchboxes


 A Play For Children Based on Janusz Korczak's Story

The Orna Porat Theater for Children - Israel

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Amichai Pardo is playing Janusz Korczak while he is telling one of Korczak’s short stories – “Ten Matchboxes”.

The way he is telling it, is  influenced by Korczak educational method. 


In the show you get to know the characters of ten of Korczak’s pupils that got a present from him – an empty matchbox.

Each of them is doing something else with his matchbox because of his unique personality.

The play, as well as in the original story, let the audience complete the story of each pupil.


The young audience looking at the show is looking at the same time at a mirror of himself and his friends at present and gets to know the life of the children of Korczak in Poland, in the past.


One of the common reaction of pupils was “I felt I am one of the children of Korczak and that you (the actor) were really him”.


This one man show was preformed successfully to children from 7 to 12 years old and got great compliments from the children, the teachers and head masters, the real children from the orphans house of Korczak that survived  (and helped us in the research) and by Dr. Eliezer Marcus, chairman of the Janusz Korczak Association in Israel who said:

“I think that the play is excellent artistically as well as educationally. Amihai succeeds to build a real contact with the kids and adults and it is clear he has a serious involvement in the material he is dealing with”.


The show lets the young audience be close to Korczak, play with him, laugh with him use their imagination and think with him together about issues from children’s life.

It is like meeting him personally. (Many letters from the from kids were titled – “to Janusz Korczak”)


Technical conditions requirements

There are no special conditions, but a big room or a little auditorium that will maintain the intimate spirit of the show.


120 children max

age: 7-12

The performance was successfully played at U.K, U.S.A, Poland, Japan, Russia


Adaptation – Amichai Pardo and Ruth Kaner

Artistic assistance – Ruth Kaner

Actor – Amcihai Pardo


Orna Porat Theater for Children

The Orna Porat Theater’s primary goal is to acquaint all the children in Israel, wherever they live, with the art of theater and, in doing so, to impart aesthetic – artistic values as well as humanistic national and universal values through first–hand contact with artistic creation.

The Orna Porat National Theater for Children and Youth in Israel was established in 1970 by the Ministry of Education and Culture, the actress Mrs. Orna Porat and by then the Ministry of Education, Mr. Yigal Alon.

The Theater has so far staged more then 150 plays. Over its many years of activity, the Theater has developed a rich and diverse repertoire. The Theater pays strict attention to the quality of writing and to the issues treated by the plays, many of which are based on well-known literary classics.

In addition to performing, the Theater has put together a diverse set of enrichment encounters that are aimed at deepening young people’s familiarity with the world of theatrical creation and dealing with various issued through the use of drama games.

Theater encounters are adapted to the conditions existing in each individual school and are based on the active involvement of the pupils in the viewing audience.

Taking part in the encounters are well–known artists from the various theatrical spheres. A team of instructors from the Orna Porat Theater for Children and Youth serve as moderators.


The Theater’s activity has created a tradition of regular theater – going and has turned it into the leading and most highly regarded theater for children and youth. It is the “standard bearer” of plays for young viewers, a sort of “boundary marker” which sets artistic criteria for all the rest of the theater companies in Israel geared to young audiences.