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Emil and the Detectives

Never underestimate the determination of a child! Based on Erich Kästner’s 1929 novella, this satisfying tale is sure to intrigue anyone with an enquiring mind! 

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“An outstanding piece of children's theatre and an experience to be savoured by all”


Emil and the Detectives: Creative Learning
04 Dec 2019 - 05 Dec 2019
Schools performances of Emil and the Detectives are available.


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Never underestimate the determination of a child!

Join Emil on an exciting adventure as he catches a train to visit family in the big city.  When something valuable is stolen, the thief soon discovers Emil was not such an easy target. Streetwise city kids, a hardworking single mother and Emil’s past brush with the law add grit and nuance to this satisfying tale, based on Erich Kästner’s 1929 novella.

Told in an intimate theatrical style by two skilled actors immersed in smoke and mirrors, miniature worlds and a cinematic score, Emil and the Detectives is sure to intrigue anyone with an enquiring mind!

Presented by Sydney Opera House 

By Erich Kästner, adapted for the stage by Nicki Bloom

Emil and the Detectives Image: Andy Rasheed

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