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SPARC Theatre


Women of the City of Port Phillip, SPARC Theatre needs you!

Would you like to participate in a new production by SPARC Theatre?

SPARC Theatre is a program delivered by CoPP’s Access Arts team in partnership with the St Kilda Uniting Care Church, Prahran Mission and the Port Phillip Community Group. Established in 2004, it is one of Australia’s only community theatre group’s dedicated to working with people who have experienced homelessness and who live in unstable housing.

Please check out SPARC Theatre on youtube at

We are seeking up to 50 diverse women

SPARC Theatre has received funding through the Besen Family Foundation to present the show, Are You Lonesome Tonight?, which will be based on the ensemble’s memories of past loves, dream dates and a mutual love of the music of Elvis Presley.

We are seeking women who would like to participate by being filmed singing (or miming or dancing) to the song Islands in the Stream.

Filming will only take between 5-10 minutes of your time. Your footage will then be used to create a montage that will be screened behind SPARC Theatre member, Rodney, as he performs a section of the show.
[Rodney’s daydream is ‘to be surrounded by women, just like Elvis always was when he sang in the movies’, so we are aiming to make his dream come true for the show!]

If you would like to rehearse prior to filming day then please check out Islands in the Stream via youtube at


Filming will take place on Tuesday 11 August between 11.30am – 5.00pm at Bubup Nairm Family and Children's Centre Multi Purpose Room (99b Carlisle Street, St Kilda).

Please email Cathy Horsley at if you wish to participate and nominate your preferred time (a.m. or p.m.).

Once confirmed Cathy will allocate you a 10-minute spot and send you a meeting request, as well as a consent and release form to complete prior to filming.


More about Are You Lonesome Tonight?

Are You Lonesome Tonight? will premiere at the Greyhound Hotel in November.

20–22 November 2015 (Greyhound Function Room, 1 Brighton Road, St Kilda).

More details will be provided later in the year!


The SPARC Theatre program is inclusive of people who live in supported accommodation in the City of Port Phillip. SPARC Theatre meet weekly to explore drama, acting, singing and other art forms. SPARC membership is free and the group is supported by a partnership between The St Kilda Parish Mission, Port Phillip Community Group and The Prahran Mission.

Weekly Activity (35 weeks per year)

SPARC Theatre weekly workshops are held at the St Kilda Uniting Care Church, 101 Carlisle Street, St Kilda. Check out the flier. SPARC_SRS_flier.pdf

Please contact The Community Cultural Development Officer if you would like more information about upcoming workshops. Tel. (03) 9209 6530 or Email

SPARC Theatre is free to participants and transport assistance is provided for those living locally.

SPARC Theatre went to The 2015 Parkes Elvis Festival

A unique community partnership made it possible for seven members of Council’s Access Arts program SPARC Theatre to travel 740 km to the 2015 Parkes Elvis Festival in NSW.
SPARC Theatre members along with four Council staff, one Council volunteer, PPCG staff member Robyn Szechtman and Minister John Tansey of the St Kilda Parish Mission enjoyed all that the Parkes Elvis Festival had to offer and still had time to check out the Parkes radio telescope.
The project enjoyed the support of Council’s Community Transport Team (two Council buses made the trip along with one fleet car), as well as the invaluable advice and assistance of Monique Houareau (OHS Facilitator) who whipped up a cracker Fire Safety Management Plan.

The wonderfully talented Rachel Edward has created this little film about the SPARC recent trip to Parkes Elvis Festival. Enjoy and share.


Photo by Myf Powell

See the SPARC facebook page (


SPARC Theatre Statement of Purpose



Recent Projects

In May 2013 SPARC Theatre and RAG Theatre collaborated on a 15 week creative development called Prom Night.
Check out the short video of the Prom Night showing here:


Photo by Rachel Edward

Past Performances/Projects

Collectable - 2010-2011

A multi faceted arts project including song writing, composition, pop-up choir and storytelling.

Artwork by Hermione Baddley



Listen Here to a music track created as part of the  Collectable project: BLUE_ANGEL_mixdown.mp3

HitchHiker - 2009

Presented by SPARC Theatre and The Blue Octopus Ensemble. Special guest Justine Sless. Theatre Works, Acland Street St Kilda 5th - 8th November 2009



Watch a short video of Hitchhiker here:

A Cup of Tea With Aunty Marge, 2008

SPARC premiered a new work 'A Cup of Tea With Aunty Marge' as part of the 2008 Melbourne Fringe Festival at Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street St Kilda. Thursday 2nd October at 2.00pm, Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th October.





Watch a short video of A Cup of Tea With Aunty Marge here:

Crisis & Rhapsody, 2007

A collaboration with RAG Theatre, Theatre Works

Watch a short video of Crisis and Rhapsody here:

SPARC's Fly, 2006

SPARC's Fly was the first major production by SPARC. SPARC's Fly traced the early lives, loves and careers of the performers.





Watch a short video of SPARC's Fly here:

Support for SPARC

SPARC Theatre is supported by a partnership between the City of Port Phillip, Prahran Mission, The Port Phillip Community Group and the Uniting Church in Australia St Kilda Parish Mission. SPARC Theatre is at the forefront of participatory, inclusive high quality arts projects that cater for people with mental illness and psychiatric disability.


Check out the flier here: SPARC_ask_flier_2105.pdf


Awards and Grants

Crisis & Rhapsody was awarded the inaugural Fringe Festival Community Cultural Development Award, sponsored by VicHealth.

In 2009 SPARC received funding through the VicHealth Community Participation Scheme.

In 2008 SPARC Theatre were the recipients of Australia Council Community Partnerships funding. The Australia Council for the Arts awarded SPARC Theatre $15,000 to continue to expand and develop in 2008.

SPARC received funding from the Jack Brockhoff Foundation for their 2008 show.

Use Contact Us or eServices to ask us a question, request information or give us feedback online. If you prefer phone ASSIST on (03) 9209 6777 and ask for Access Arts.

Photos by Paul Dunn, Johdi Zutt, Rachel Edward