Best Presentation for Children at the 2018 Helpmann Awards Emil and the Detectives Winner Melbourne premiere

Prue Bassett Publicity | 22-Aug-2018
The Melbourne premiere of the children's classic Emil and the Detectives is set to captivate audiences both young and old, when the critically acclaimed Adelaide-based theatre company Slingsby comes to the Alexander Theatre on Saturday 8 September.
Venue: Alexander Theatre
Address: 48 Exhibition Walk, Monash University, Clayton
Date: September 8 2018
Time: 11am and 2pm
Ticket: $15 - $35
Buy / Ticket: monash.edu/mlive
Web: https://www.monash.edu/mlive/whats-on/events/emil-and-the-detectives/
Call: 03 9905 1111
Winner of Best Presentation for Children at the 2018 Helpmann Awards Saturday 8 September at 11am and 2pm, Alexander Theatre Monash University

The Melbourne premiere of the children's classic Emil and the Detectives will captivate audiences both young and old, when the critically acclaimed Adelaide-based theatre company Slingsby comes to the Alexander Theatre on Saturday 8 September.

This delightful, beautifully written and optimistic kid's own adventure story is a journey of discovery and self-discovery, exploring the value of friendships and learning about trust and taking risks. Penned in 1929, Erich Kastner's classic detective novel for children has been transformed into a pacy, gorgeously designed and brilliantly inventive performance.

Our young hero Emil is heading from a rural home to visit family in the big city when something valuable is stolen. She soon meets Gustav and his wily band of child sleuths and they all take on the crowded, cosmopolitan streets of the city in a spirited pursuit of justice. Can a bunch of kids work together to uncover and outsmart the true criminal?

Internationally renowned for its detailed stagecraft, humour and awe inspiring theatrical magic, Slingsby reinvents this classic children's story with contemporary verve and ingenuity. Emil and the Detectives is told by two exceptional performers "“ Danielle Catanzaritti (Emil) and Nathan O'Keefe (MrGrundeis and everyone else) immersed in smoke and mirrors, miniature worlds and a cinematic score.

"Like most children's classics, the key themes of the story are as relevant today as when the book was first published and audiences will relate to many of the challenges and decisions Emil faces. Emil and The Detectives explores the benefits and pitfalls of children having greater freedom, being allowed to make mistakes and finding solutions to their own problems without undue adult intervention or interference," said Slingsby Artistic Director Andy Packer.

The production brings together the creative talents of Andy Packer as Director, Composer Quincy Grant, Lighting Designer Geoff Cobham and Set Designer Wendy Todd.

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