EMIL AND THE DETECTIVES
Based on the novella by Erich Kästner
Adapted for the stage by Nicki Bloom
Produced by Slingsby
From Adelaide, Australia
About the Company
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Young Emil catches a train to visit family, but something valuable is stolen and Emil ends up alone in the big city, lost and desperate. A group of quick-thinking and resourceful children rallies around, and the thief soon discovers Emil was not such an easy target. Can a bunch of kids work together to uncover and outsmart the criminal?
EMIL AND THE DETECTIVES is a journey about discovery and self-discovery, the value of friendships and taking risks, and the empowerment of young people. In Slingsby’s signature intimate theatrical style, the story is told by two skilled actors combining the thrilling intrigue of a classic caper with an evocative film noir design, complete with smoke and mirrors, miniature worlds and a cinematic score.
In addition to the main performance, Slingsby curates immersive pre-show audience engagement activities, including making a city. The pre-show areas are creatively reimagined to suit the individual layout of each venue.
Winner of the 2018 Helpmann Award for
Best Presentation for Children!
Best for Grades: 3rd + up
Audience Size: 200 to 500 Audience Members
Please contact us to watch the full length archival recording.
Past Tours: The Young King, The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy
Co-founded in 2007 by Artistic Director Andy Packer, Slingsby is an Adelaide based company that produces and tours original theatre that captivates, challenges and inspires international audiences of adults and young people. In ten years Slingsby has produced and premiered seven original productions and won 14 industry awards. We have an outstanding international reputation as artistic leaders, with performances in 83 venues in 57 cities across ten countries and growing.
Slingsby is acclaimed for its sophisticated aesthetic and complex emotional storytelling. We focus on sharing timeless, other-worldly stories of loss, hope and wonder, helping audience members find empathy for those around them and resilience in their own situations. Audiences are emotionally challenged, yet ultimately reminded of the wonders of life and infinite possibility of the universe.
In the ten years since founding in September 2007, Slingsby has:
Premiered 8 original productions including Songs for Those Who’ve Come Across the Seas, Emil and the Detectives, The Young King, an opera for families Ode To Nonsense, Man Covets Bird and The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy
Performed in 83 venues in 57 cities on 5 continents, including a two-week sell-out of The Young King on 42nd Street in New York and seasons in Madrid, Singapore, Canada, Edinburgh, Ireland, England, Norway, New Zealand, the Sydney Opera House, all of Australia’s mainland capitals and 11 regional South Australian towns.
Won 13 industry awards including two Ruby Awards and a Business SA Export Award.
Won the 2018 Helpmann Award for Best Presentation for Children with Emil and the Detectives.
For more information, please visit the company’s website.
Performers: Elizabeth Hay and Tim Overton
Director: Andy Packer
Playwright: Nicki Bloom
Composer: Quincy Grant
Designer: Wendy Todd
Lighting Designer: Geoff Cobham
Costume Designer: Ailsa Paterson
Animation: Luku Trembath
AV Systems Design: Chris Petridis
Producer: Stacey Baldwin
Gallery of Past Productions
See the Company perform EMIL AND THE DETECTIVES:
December 21, 2018 – January 6, 2019 at Art Space for Kids in Shanghai, China
May 27 – June 2, 2019 at Edinburgh International Children's Festival in Scotland, UK
See the Company perform THE YOUNG KING in North America in spring 2019:
April 8-21, 2019 at Carousel Theatre for Young People in Vancouver BC
May 1-3, 2019 at Hancher Auditorium, University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA
May 8-12, 2019 at Victoria Theatre Association in Dayton, OH
May 15-19, 2019 at Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University at Columbus, OH
Fine Arts: Theater, Music, Production Design, and Adapting a play from novella
Language Arts: Symbolism, Narrative, Reading, Comprehension, Writing, Vocabulary
Emotional/Social Development: Compassion, Empathy, Ethical Behavior, Integrity, Coming of Age, Resiliency, Independence, Friendship, Leadership, and Teamwork
Sample Study Guides
Minimum Technical Requirements
Load In Time: 8 hours
Crew Needs: Load in/Load out – 3 crew; Show run – Stage crew x 1;
Min. Stage Size: 36 ft width x 23ft depth x 16.5 ft height. (this is inclusive of wing space necessary to hold scenery offstage)
Load Out Time: 2 hours
In addition to the main performance, Slingsby curates immersive pre-show audience engagement activities including making a city. The scale of the pre-show experience and the designated pre-show areas are creatively reimagined to suit the individual layout of each venue.
The presenter must provide two (2) front of house (FOH) staff or performers who are willing to wear costume elements (includes overalls & hat, provided by the company) and are comfortable facilitating a craft based activity with the audience before and after the performance. Prior to the first performance as part of the load-in schedule, Slingsby will provide basic script and direction to these FOH staff/performers who become the 'Train Conductors.’ Ideally there will be continuity in FOH staff/performers.
Outreach and Workshops
Slingsby is committed to providing access performances for the visually impaired and deaf communities if arranged with the company in advance. Please discuss audio-described (with pre-show touch tour) and signed performances during the booking of your engagement.
“Relaxed” or “Sensory Friendly” Performances
This performance is also available as a “sensory friendly” or “relaxed” performance if arranged with the company in advance and with specific direction as to what adjustments are necessary for your venue.