Stanwell Park Arts Theatre
Bringing Arts to the Park

PO Box 108, Helensburgh, 2508 Ph: 02-4294-4060

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SPAT film society’s first screening for the year is “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”. It is an amusing and heartfelt story of Ricky (Julian Dennison), a delinquent young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Sam Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the two must put aside their differences and work together to survive.

SPAT will be screening “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” at 7:30pm Saturday 4th March 2017 at the Stanwell Park CWA hall.

2016 Christmas Pantomime

Wish for a Wife

A pantomime about love, freedom and silliness.

Written and directed by Bernadette Le Mesurier


Saturday Dec 3rd at 7:30pm
Sunday Dec 4th at 3pm
Saturday Dec 10th at 2pm and 7:30pm
Sunday Dec 11th at 3pm

Stanwell Park CWA Hall

Bookings: 4294 4060

Ticket Prices:

$15 Adults
$10 Children
$45 Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children)


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It’s our last film for the year – and as it is an Olympic year and we all can use a pick me up every now & then, come along on the 15th Oct and enjoy EDDIE the EAGLE!

Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself – even as an entire nation was counting him out.    With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

From producers of Kingsman and the The Secret Service; Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton as Eddie, the loveable underdog with a never say die attitude.

7.30pm, Sat 15th Oct at the Stanwell Park CWA Hall

This is a fabulous film!  The perfect pick me up after a tough week.

You are invited to attend the Information and Audition Sessions for SPAT’s 2016 Christmas Pantomime: “Wish for a Wife”.

Times: Wednesday 14th September: 7 to 9pm
Sunday  18th September: 3 to 5pm
Place: Stanwell Park CWA Hall


Bullshot Crummond Returns!

You are warmly invited to join SPAT for the return of Bullshot Crummond. This two act play premiered at SPAT in 1986, and Rod Lander, who also directed SPAT’s original production, has once more brought it to the CWA Hall Stage.

Screen Shot 2016-08-30 at 12.20.17 amA parody of 1930’s low-budget detective stories, Bullshot, in all his bungling heroism, represents the indomitable jingoism of the British. It’s doubly appropriate in view of that same spirit which has seen England’s latest attempts via Brexit to assert its superiority to everything non-British. Bullshot pits his wits against Teutonic villain Otto von Bruno, his mistress Lenya and a gaggle of stock villains while winning the hand of an English rose.

Performances will be held on Friday 9th, Saturday 10th, Friday 16th and Saturday 17th September at Stanwell Park CWA hall, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are $15 adults and $10 student or concession.

Bookings can be made by calling 4294 4060 or by emailing

Last year local actor Sam Trotman ran very successful acting workshops. We are very excited that Sam has agreed to run another series of workshops this year. These workshops are open to anyone over the age of 16 who would like to learn or improve their acting craft. No previous experience, or attendance at the previous workshops is necessary.


Dates: 18, 25 August and 1 September 2016

Time: 7.30pm, for 2 to 2.5 hours

Location: Coacliff Community Hall (parking available nearby) PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT OUR USUAL VENUE

Cost: $45 for three sessions

Queries and

Spaces are limited, so please book early

Information on the program for the workshops can be found here.

You are invited to join the SPAT Singers for their new music-hall all-singing dinner show. Commencing with a dinner serving at 7pm, performances are held on Friday 12th, Saturday 13th, Friday 19th and Saturday 20th August at Stanwell Park CWA hall.

Book a table, or join one and make new friends. The cost of $35 per person covers the performance, a two course meal, starters, and a glass of pre-dinner sparkling wine. You are also welcome to BYO.

Bookings: 4294 4060. Please leave your details and any dietary requirements. Don’t miss out!

Our next screening is Last Cab to Darwin on Saturday, 23rd July. Doors open at 7pm and film starts at 7.30pm.

When lonely taxi driver Rex (Michael Caton, The Castle) is informed he doesn’t have long to live, he embarks on a colossal drive through the outback, from Broken Hill to Darwin in this Australian true-story drama.

Rex’s trip to Northern Territory is to take advantage of that state’s short-lived euthanasia laws in 1996.

Co-stars Academy Award-nominee Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom). 

Last Cab began life as a stage play by Reg Cribb.

Film Society Membership

New Film Society memberships: Available at the door

- Individual membership $10.

- Family membership $25

- Student and young people $5.

Membership is valid for one year and includes access to at least four movies.

Renewing members: please come to the existing members desk on the evening.

Do you have an almost irresistible urge to reach for a camera or smartphone when you see a sunrise or sunset or light filtering through trees or through rain drops or birds gliding, feeding or hovering or flowers blossoming or just fruit in a bowl?

Have you ever felt it would be good to chat about exposures settings, ISO film speed, shutter speeds, aperture and framing a shot; what the difference is between a zoom and telephoto lens. Or getting up at the crack of dawn to capture a sunrise or take a walk through the bush stopping at any natural photo opportunity?

Then, come along to the inaugural gathering of the Stanwell Park Arts Theatre’s (SPAT) Photography Club for a chat over tea, coffee and biscuits, Sunday 19 th June, 3-5pm, in the Stanwell Park CWA hall.

SPAT Film Society
Next Film…..

Our next movie is La Famille Bélier

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 8.29.12 pmIt screens on – Sat 28th May 2016 – 7.30pm in the CWA Hall.

A captivating new star is born in THE BÉLIER FAMILY, Eric Lartigau’s fabulous, heart-felt comedy hit about a young girl whose close bond to her hearing-impaired family is challenged by the discovery of an extraordinary talent for music.
In the Bélier family, everyone is deaf, except dutiful sixteen-year-old Paula (beautiful newcomer Louane Emera). She acts as an indispensable interpreter for her parents and younger brother, especially in the running of the family dairy farm.

Doors open at 7.15pm and the screening commences at 7.30pm. Film Society membership is available at the do if you are not already a member. If you have friends and neighbors you can bring along we naturally welcome new members. Please come along on the night or you can book your seats by emailing