Spark: Once Upon a Jar

Choose your own adventure

Choose your own adventure in whimsical storytelling experience Once Upon a Jar.

A special visitor, Stephen, arrives in the classroom with a suitcase full of old gifts – some mysterious jars from birthdays long past. Each jar contains a distinct smell and countless story possibilities. Students shape the narrative, bringing their far-fetched ideas to life, before joining Stephen on a treasure hunt to find the most mysterious smell of all.

Imagination leads the way in this scented adventure.


Spark is a series of portable, interactive arts experiences, designed in collaboration with artists to provide innovative creative learning opportunities in schools. 

Spark in-school workshops bring the magic of theatre straight to the classroom. From storytelling to scavenger hunts, performance provocations and dazzling light and technology-based learning, Spark inspires and engages students, sparking creativity while providing a live performance experience and innovative hands-on activities.

“Such fun and joy during and after the performance...a magical and engaging atmosphere” Teacher
Years R–3
45 Minutes

Available Year-Round

South Australian Schools
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“Loved this session... very engaging and interactive. Kids held onto every word that was spoken. It reminded me of a ‘choose your own adventure’, giving them a sense of ownership over the activity. This could link really well with the Science curriculum.” Teacher


Stephen Sheehan Actor


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The regional touring of this in-school performance would not be possible without the FWH Foundation, Lang Foundation and an anonymous Foundation.