Emil and the Detectives

Curriculum for Excellence Resources

A fully theatrical experience that emphasise that children have the capacity to challenge injustice. A well told story with suspense and mystery. Literacy and Health and Wellbeing offer opportunities to reflect on the ideas within the play.

As I explore the rights to which I and others are entitled I am able to exercise these rights appropriately and accept the responsibilities that go with them. I show respect for the rights of others.                                                                                                                            HWB 1-09a/HWB 2-09a

To show my understanding across different areas of learning, I can identify and consider the purpose and main ideas of a text.                                                                                                                     LIT 1-16a

Class Stage
Curriculum Links
Health and Wellbeing
Literacy and English
Traverse Theatre
Duration: 70 min
Seating: Theatre seating
Traverse Theatre
Edinburgh, EH1 2ED
  • Monday 27 May 13:30
  • Monday 27 May 19:15
  • Tuesday 28 May 10:00
  • Tuesday 28 May 13:15
  • Wednesday 29 May 10:00
  • Wednesday 29 May 13:15

Never underestimate the determination of a child!

When 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?   

Adapted from Erich Kästner’s 1929 novella by Nicki Bloom, this production is more than a ‘good romp’ – it breaks 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.

In Slingsby’s (The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy) 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. Expect dark and light, intrigue and delight.

Slingsby’s theatre productions always have a sense of wonder and magic, and Emil and the Detectives delights, intrigues and astonished its audience. An outstanding piece of theatre and an experience to be savoured by all.” InDaily

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