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Emil and the Detectives

Drama | English


An NCPA Presentation in collaboration with the Australia Fest

Never underestimate the determination of a child! 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 rally around. Can a bunch of kids work together to uncover and outsmart the true criminal?

Kästner’s 1929 novella is more than a ‘good romp’; it broke 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.

How do we find our friends in the world? How do we work together to defeat tricksters?

In Slingsby’s 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. Dark and light, intrigue and delight for the audience.

Written by Eric Kästner

Adapted for the Stage by Nicki Bloom

Directed by Andy Packer 

Cast: Elizabeth Hay & Tim Overton 

Age: 6+

Please note: The performance runs for approximately 70 minutes. In addition, the Pre –Show experience runs for 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time.

NCPA Theatre season 2018-2019 Discount Offers

Student Discount

A 10% student discount for the NCPA Theatre Season 2018-2019 plays. 


Terms & Conditions: 

  • 10% discount for students with valid student ID’s for NCPA Theatre Season 2018-2019

  • The discount is only applicable on purchase of the any number tickets per show of the plays 

  • Each ticket holder must present a valid Student ID when collecting tickets from venue.  

  • Student ID must be presented at entry point into the auditorium on the day of the show.

  • Discount offer cannot be clubbed with any other offer/s. 

  • Age restrictions and rules apply. No refunds will be made for ignorance of these restrictions. 

  • Limited seats available.


  • Age limit: 6+.
  • Late entry will not be permitted.
  • Tickets once booked cannot be exchanged or refunded.
  • Children below six years including babies in arms not admitted.
  • This ticket is issued according to the rules and regulations of the event organiser and the management of the ncpa.
  • Entry on this ticket is valid for one (1) person only.
  • Rights of admission are reserved by the ncpa.
  • Cameras, handbags, bottles, cans or tins are not allowed inside the venue. The use of audio or video equipment is
  • strictly prohibited.
  • No food or beverage is permitted in the auditorium.
  • The ncpa does not take responsibility for the loss or theft of any personal belongings or any injury that the ticket
  • holder may incur at the event.
  • The event is subject to change and also governed by force majeure conditions.
  • The starting time of the event for which the ticket was bought may change without any prior intimation.
  • As per the discretion of the ncpa management, late entry for classical concerts will only be permitted in breaks
  • between movements or pieces as indicated by ncpa users.
  • The ticket may be bought from an authorized point of sale.
  • The consumption of alcohol and other banned substances is strictly prohibited.
  • All pagers and cell phones must be switched off inside the venue once the performance commences.
  • Smoking is strictly prohibited.
  • In case of event cancellation, only the ticket price may be refunded. The service charge or any other charges paid for
  • and included in the ticket sale, such as convenience charge or delivery charge will not be refunded.
  • Parking facilities are available at owner’s own risk.
  • No photography through mobile phone is permitted.
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