Emil and the Detectives

Emil and the Detectives

Never underestimate the determination of a child

Young Emil catches a train to visit family in the big city. Something valuable is stolen. But the thief soon discovers Emil was not such an easy target. A group of quick-thinking and resourceful children rallies around. Can a bunch of kids work together to uncover and outsmart the true criminal?

Kästner’s 1929 novella is more than a ‘good romp’, it broke ground for the independent-children-versus-devious-adults story genre. Streetwise city kids, a hard-working single mother and Emil’s past brush with the law add grit and nuance to this satisfying tale.

How do we find our friends in the world? How do we work together to defeat tricksters?
Monkey Baa Theatre Company presents a Slingsby production
By Erich Kästner, adapted for the stage by Nicki Bloom
  • Venue ARA Darling Quarter Theatre
  • Dates 12 Apr — 15 Apr 2023
  • Duration 70 minutes
  • Ages Ages 8+
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Creative Team


Andy Packer


Nicki Bloom

Composer and Sound Design

Quincy Grant


Wendy Todd

Costume Designer

Ailsa Paterson

Lighting Designer

Geoff Cobham

Technical Design

Chris Petridis

Animation Director

Luku Trembath


Rory Walker


Elizabeth Hay

In Slingsby’s signature style
Emil and The Detectives is told by two skilled actors immersed in smoke and mirrors, miniature worlds and a cinematic score.

"Emil and the Detectives is an outstanding piece of children’s theatre which makes it an outstanding piece of theatre and an experience to be savoured by all."

InDaily (Adelaide)

"The performances are pitch perfect... Watching these detectives is a theatrical delight."

The Australian


  • ARA Darling Quarter Theatre

    Family of 4
    Family of 5

    Additional Tickets $31.00 each

    Dates and Times
    Wed 12 Apr
    01:00 pm | 06:00 pm
    Thu 13 Apr
    10:00 am | 01:00 pm (Relaxed Performance)
    Fri 14 Apr
    10:00 am | 01:00 pm
    Sat 15 Apr
    10:00 am | 01:00 pm
  • OOSH Program

    OOSH Participant
    OOSH Educator

    1 Free OOSH Educator per 15 participants

    Dates and Times
    Wed 12 Apr
    01:00 pm
    Thu 13 Apr
    10:00 am | 01:00 pm (Relaxed Performance)
    Fri 14 Apr
    10:00 am | 01:00 pm


Audio Described
Audience members can listen to a description of the visual aspects of the performance described live via a small radio receiver.
Relaxed Performances
Relaxed Performances accommodate children with sensory and learning challenges.
Wheelchair Accessible
Contact us for more details about wheelchair and companion positions in the theatre
Assisted Listening
Assisted listening devices are available in the theatre.


Supported by
Slingsby is supported by the Government of South Australia through Arts South Australia, and by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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