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Emil and the Detectives

Children's Theatre

By Erich Kästner, adapted for the stage by Nicki Bloom 


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?

“The company’s theatre productions always have a sense of wonder and magic, and Emil and the Detectives delights, intrigues and astonishes its audience...Emil and the Detectives is an outstanding piece of children’s theatre which makes it an outstanding piece of theatre and an experience to be savoured by all.”

Cast: Elizabeth Hay and Rory Walker
Director: Andy Packer
Playwright: Nicki Bloom
Composer and Sound Design: Quincy Grant
Designer: Wendy Todd
Costume Designer: Ailsa Paterson
Lighting Designer: Geoff Cobham
Technical Design: Chris Petridis
Animation Director: Luku Trembath

Publicity photos: Andy Ellis
Production photos: Andy Rasheed, eyefood

Slingsby is supported by the Government of South Australia through Arts South Australia, and by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the RISE Fund.



08 June 2023


10.30am Thursday 8 June and
1.00pm Thursday 8 June 2023

75 mins




($19.50 each, two adults, 2 children)

Araluen Member

School Group


Children's Theatre


Extra information 

Ticketing Policy

Online ticketing is available up until one hour prior to the performance.  
For ticket purchases after this time, please visit the Araluen Box Office or call us on (08) 8951 1122.

Booking Fee

For this event, a one-off service fee of $2.50 per transaction applies on all purchases online and by phone. All ticket prices include GST.






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