The Studio Theatre
Children / Family 2021 Season

THEATRE ROYAL PRESENTS A SLINGSBY PRODUCTION

Emil and the Detectives

By Erich Kästner, adapted for the Stage by Nicki Bloom
Fri 18 Jun 2021 5:30pm Sat 19 Jun 2021 10:00am Sat 19 Jun 2021 2:00pm

Performed in the Studio Theatre.

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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