Spark: Once Upon a Jar

Choose your own adventure in this whimsical storytelling experience.

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

A special visitor 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 embarking 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.


Spark is available on demand for Adelaide and metro schools. Regional SA booking enquiries are also encouraged with performance dates subject to Patch tour availability.

Pricing: Standard $400 for one session and $200 for each additional session in a day / Equity* $300 for one session and $150 for each additional session in a day
Regional performances may incur a travel charge – please complete a booking enquiry and Patch will be in touch to confirm pricing and availability.

*Equity pricing available to IoED­­­ schools categories 1–4 and preschools Category Ranking 1

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

Available Year-Round

Unfortunately there are no upcoming dates.
South Australian Schools – Classroom Visits
Terms 1–4 2024 Book
“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 Creator & Performer
Astrid Pill Performer


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Delivering Spark in schools across regional SA is made possible thanks to funding from the Department for Education and the generous support of FWH Foundation, Lang Foundation, and an anonymous foundation.