Emil and the Detectives

by Erich Kästner, adapted for the stage by Nicki Bloom

image created by Andy Ellis

Image created by Andy Ellis

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?

In Slingsby’s signature intimate theatrical style, Emil and The Detectives is told by two skilled actors immersed in smoke and mirrors, miniature worlds and a cinematic score. Dark and light, intrigue and delight for audiences aged eight and upwards.

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Level 5, Myer Centre Adelaide

Age Suitability:

All aged 8+

Performance times:
Wed        19-Jul    Public Performances at 2pm
Thu         20-Jul   Public Performances at 11am & 2pm
Fri           21-Jul    Public Performances at 11am & 2pm
Sat           22-Jul   Public Performance at 3pm & 7pm
Sun          23-Jul   Public Performances at 2pm & 5pm*

Tue         25-Jul    School Performance at 11am, Audio Described at 1.00pm
Wed        26-Jul   School Performances at 10.30am & 1.00pm
Thu         27-Jul    School Performances at 10.30am & 1.00pm
Fri           28-Jul   School Performance at 1.00pm, Public Performance at 7pm
Sat           29-Jul   Public Performances at 3pm & 7pm

Tue         1-Aug     School Performances at 10.30am & 1.00pm
Wed        2-Aug    School Performances at 10.30am & 1.00pm
Thu         3-Aug    School Performances at 10.30am & 1.00pm
Fri           4-Aug    School Performances at 1.00pm & 7.00pm
Sat          5-Aug     Public Performances at 3pm* & 7pm

Ticket Prices:
Adults $35, Child (2-17yrs) $16.50, Concession $29, Family (2+2 or 1+3) $85 and Adult Groups (6+) $29 each

Audience Capacity:

*Auslan interpreted performances

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Emil and The Detectives Introductory Notes by Carol Wellman Kelly
Listen to introductory notes from Carol Wellman Kelly here

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The sun loved him and warmed him as he worked in the days, but at night the moon laughed at him as it took his castles out to sea