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
VenueARA Darling Quarter Theatre
Dates12 Apr — 15 Apr 2023
Composer and Sound Design
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."
"The performances are pitch perfect... Watching these detectives is a theatrical delight."