Emil & The Detectives

Based on the book by Erich Kästner

Show Dates: 15 September 2013 - 30 November 2013

An action packed adventure for the whole family.

Emil and the Detectives has been adapted by Red Earth from the Classic children’s novel by Erich Kastner. The story of how a boy and his friends track down a Bank Robber has been published in 59 languages and adapted for film and television 6 times since it’s first publication in 1929. This is the first theatre adaptation to be staged and toured in the UK.

For the children we worked with in schools, the story was about adventure, courage and loyalty. The book is both a Modern Fairy Tale and a fast paced detective story. The story of Emil is steeped in values we cherish such as solidarity, optimism and human virtue.

In our new age of anxiety, children have to believe the hero can triumph in the end.

Tour Dates

Past Show

Sun 15 September 2013
The Civic Theatre, Barnsley

Sat 21 September 2013
The Civic Theatre, Darlington

Sat 28 September 2013
Lighthouse Poole

Sat 5 October 2013
Gala Theatre, Durham

Sat 12, Sun 13, Mon 14 October 2013
mac birmingham

Tues 15, Wed 16 October 2013
Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

Sat 19 October 2013
Studio, Derby Theatre

Sun 27 October 2013
Kenton Theatre, Henley upon Thames

Mon 28 October 2013
Salberg Studio, Salisbury Playhouse

Tues 29 October 2013
New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Wed 30 October 2013
No 8 Community Arts

Fri 1 November 2013
The Garage Norwich

Sat 2 November 2013
Quarterhouse, Folkestone

Wed 13 November 2013
CAST in Doncaster

Fri 15 November 2013
Leigh & Bransford Memorial Hall

Sat 16 November 2013
Great Malvern Primary School

Sun 17 November 2013
Embrace Arts

Wed 20 November 2013
Lincoln Drill Hall

Fri 22 November 2013
Biddulph Moor Village Hall

Sat 23 November 2013
Springbank Arts Centre

Fri 29 November
Acton Trussell Community Centre

Sat 30 November
Rock Village Hall


John Afzal
Paula James
Dan Willis

Creative and Production Team

Adapted & Directed by  – Wendy Rouse and Amanda Wilde
Set & Costume Design  – Laura McEwen
Lighting Design – Alexandra Stafford
AV & Graphic Design – Dominic Mallin
Choreography – Ian Dolan
Puppetry Direction – Sean Myatt
Sound Design and AV Programming – Tom Mowat
Stage Manager – Kate Bosomworth
Wardrobe Supervisor – Emilie Ramskill
Set Construction – Tim Brierly
Scenic Painting – Houghton Wyatt
Student Placements from Nottingham Trent University – Rachel Jacks & Shiona Little
Photography by Robert Day

Red Earth General Manager – Kitty Parker
Associate Artist – Laura McEwen
Associate Artist – Dominic Mallin