Friday, 20 April 2018

Child detectives’ derring-do

A CLASSIC adventure story for children aged eight and over comes to the Kenton Theatre this autumn.

A CLASSIC adventure story for children aged eight and over comes to the Kenton Theatre this autumn.

Emil And The Detectives is presented by Red Earth Theatre which brings the action-packed show to Henley as part of its national tour.

Regarded as a masterpiece of children’s fiction, Emil And The Detectives was written by Erich Kästner in 1929. It has been published in 59 languages and adapted for film and TV many times.

In the story, young Emil, travelling alone, is robbed of all his money on a train. He and his friends pursue the thief across Thirties Berlin, using their quick wits, cool heads and some clever detective work to solve the crime.

This thrilling tale of bravery and adventure is brought to life by a company of just three actors, who play more than 30 different characters between them — John Afzal, whose previous credits include East Is East for Pilot Theatre, Paula James, who recently toured the world in TNT Theatre’s Gulliver’s Travels and Dan Willis, whose previous credits for Red Earth include Double Take and The Crane.

The show is co-directed by the founders of Red Earth Theatre, Wendy Rouse and Amanda Wilde, who specialise in inclusive theatre for children and families. The company is keen to ensure that all audiences can access its work, and the show offers some creative captioning to improve access for hearing impaired children and adults.

Joining the creative team is Red Earth designer Laura McEwen, who recently designed Charlie And Lola for Polka Theatre and BBC Worldwide, and Laurel And Hardy for the Watermill Theatre.

* Emil And The Detectives is playing at the Kenton Theatre during half term, on Sunday, October 27 at 2.30pm. Box office (01491) 575698 or visit www.kentontheatre.co.uk

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