Emil and the Detectives

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Emil and the Detectives
adapted from the novel by Erich Kästner.

A great big come and sit down story

The show takes the audience from small town Germany, via steam train, to the bright lights and murky underbelly of 1930’s Berlin. A gangster drugs and robs Emil of money, meant as a gift for his grandmother. With the help of a gang of city boys, the chase to recover Emil’s cash begins.

Emil and the Detectives is a favourite of many top-flight authors including:
Michael Morpurgo (War Horse)
Philip Pullman (His Dark materials)
Michael Rosen (We’re Going On A Bear Hunt)
Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are)

Emil and the Detectives is top of their personal lists of books every child should read, calling it a masterpiece of children’s literature.

  • Emil is a fast-paced, high-energy, plot-driven thriller
  • Set in pre-war Berlin
  • Bright lights and murky alleyways
  • Jazz clubs
  • Low-life gangsters
  • A bunch of children as detectives
  • For families and children 8+

The best adventure story ever.

TOURING  Autumn 2013

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  1. Pingback: Emil and the Detectives by Red Earth Theatre (Derby Theatre) | Laura Stone Design Journal·

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