Emil and the Detectives



“The company’s theatre productions always have a sense of wonder and magic, and Emil and the Detectives delights, intrigues and astonishes its audience.”
InDaily - Greg Elliott

“...Emil and the Detectives adds to Slingsby’s already substantial record of presenting entertainment for families that actually deal with important issues.”
The Advertiser - Peter Burdon

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?

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This performance contains fog/haze effects.

Show Details



Year Level Suitability

3-6 to 7-9

Curriculum area

The Arts - Drama, English





Approximately 70 minutes, no interval


Students $21 (1 teacher free per 15 students)


Canberra Theatre Centre (Canberra, ACT)

School Term:
Term 3


Tuesday 27 July 2021, 1pm
Wednesday 28 July 2021, 10am & 1pm

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