Children’s Theatre in Half Term

Emil and the DetectivesEmil and the Detectives, an action-packed adventure story for children aged 8 and over, is coming to the Kenton Theatre this half term, Sunday 27 October 2.30pm. A masterpiece of children’s fiction, the story was written by Erich Kästner in 1929, has been published in 59 languages and adapted for film and TV many times. Red Earth Theatre is bringing Emil and the Detectives to Henley as part of its national tour.

In the story, young Emil, travelling alone, is robbed of all his money on a train. He and his friends pursue the thief across 1930’s 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 over thirty 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.

Emil and the Detectives 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.

Go to or call the Kenton Theatre box office on (01491) 575698.