Crete Street Theatre
Cnr Crete & Kent Streets Beenleigh QLD 4207

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31 Aug 2021 - 01 Sep 2021


Second showing 1st September, 10.30am
7:00 pm


$19 - $25


Young Adult

CANCELLED: Emil and The Detectives


Current COVID border restrictions between states require us to cancel showings of Emil and the Detectives in 2021.

Ticketholders will be contacted directly to arrange refunds (credit card refunds will be automatically processed). 

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?

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.

TICKETS: $25 | GROUP 8+: $19 | LEC MEMBER: $19 | SCHOOLS: $19|

SCHOOL BOOKINGS CALL 3412 5626  – one complimentary teacher ticket per 10 paid students.

Visit our education page to access teacher resources.

Age recommendation: Adults and children aged 8 years and up.

Duration: 55 minutes (no interval)

Warning: Lighting effects, haze and smoke effects.


“For 10 years, Slingsby, under the meticulous direction of its founder Andy Packer, has been making captivating theatre for young audiences. Packer specialises in coming-of-age or getting-of-wisdom” stories and Emil and the Detectives is no exception… Watching these detectives is a theatrical delight.”
The Australian – Murray Bramwell

“…if you know what’s good for you, get along… It made my soul happy.”
Sophie, Audience Member – Twitter