By Erich Kästner. Adapted for the stage by Nicki Bloom. Slingsby Theatre Company. Director: Andy Packer. Cremorne Theatre, QPAC. Jul 14 – 18, 2021
Emil and the Detectives is about a group of kids who band together to help a boy recover his stolen goods and get justice. It’s the first and quintessential story of the genre, later personified by Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five. Based on Erich Kästner’s novella, Emil und die Detektive, first published in 1929, it has never been out-of-print. And Slingsby’s production, directed by Andy Packer, and adapted by Nicki Bloom, looks like setting its own record having toured Australia, USA, India, China and the UK.