Emil and the Detectives by Carl Miller from Erich Kastner
If Mrs Tischbein had known the amazing adventures her son Emil would have in Berlin, she’d never have let him go. Emil is excited to be taking the train on his own for the first time. He doesn’t like the look of his fellow passenger, the man in the bowler hat. Emil will just have to keep his wits about him and his money in his pocket. But Emil falls asleep and when he wakes up the man in the bowler hat is gone – and so is the money! Emil is determined to get it back. He teams up with a gang of young detectives and so begins a hair-raising chase across Berlin to catch the dirty rotten thief…
Suitable for children age 7 and above
First produced at the UK’s National Theatre in 2013
Erich Kästner was a German author, poet, screenwriter and satirist, known primarily for his humorous, socially astute poetry and children’s literature. For the latter contributions he received the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1960. Carl Miller was the Artistic Director of the Young People’s programme at the Royal Court Theatre from 1997 to 1999. Since 2002, he has been the Literary Manager of the Unicorn Theatre. He was textual advisor on Phyllida Lloyd’s production of Webster’s THE DUCHESS OF MALFI at the National Theatre in 2003.