Norpa – The Home Project

The HOME Project explored people living without a home and its particular nature in the Northern Rivers of NSW in Australia. Developed over three years, HOME was part of the Northern Rivers Performing Arts new work program, in partnership with Southern Cross University.

Please read the program from the event that took place at the Winsome Hotel in November 2013.

Home Project Program


NORPA Artistic Director: Julian Louis

NORPA Executive Producer: Emily Berry

NORPA Creative Producer: Bethwynn Hackett

Southern Cross University: Dr Grayson Cooke, Dr Rebecca Coyle and Dr Jim Hearn

The Winsome Hotel/ Lismore Soup Kitchen: Meike Bell, Sharon Dwyer and the Winsome Management Committee and volunteers

Winsome You Losesome Director: Bronwyn Purvis

Writer / Chef: Jim Hearn

Visual / Installation / AV Artist: Karla Dickens

Musician / Sound Designer: Jamie Birrell

Choir Director: Peter Lehner

Program Design: Amy Shaw

Actor/ Performer – Mitch King

Lighting Design: Rich Morrod

Video documentation: Salvador Castro, Grayson Cooke, Karla Dickens

PQAU Video projections by Bronwyn Purvis and Karla Dickens

Community Participants:

Ray, Richard, Laurie, Rachel, Rachel, Margaret, Moppy, Helen, Leanne, Braiden, Oshia, Jenny, Carol, Dawn, Col, Andy, Shaz, Millie, Uncle Trevor, Dave, Zac, Donna, Martina, Wild, Angela, Julie, Rachel, Donald, David, Anthony James, Winnie, Gary, Andrew, Rob, Dougie, Mick, Paul, Sean, Gene, Big Steve, Mark and Southern Cross University Students.

Thank you to The HOME project funding partners:

Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation

Arts NSW

Southern Cross University School of Arts & Social Sciences

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Based in the Australian regional centre of Lismore NSW, NORPA (Northern Rivers Performing Arts) is renowned for presenting a season of curated and home-grown works that are both challenging and accessible to regional audiences.

The Northern Rivers of NSW is NORPA’s physical and spiritual home. NORPA’s Generator program produces experiential, event based theatre drawing inspiration from the local landscape, history, people and culture. Each project brings a collaboration of local and national artists to respond to and create work inspired by local stories and the people that live in the Northern Rivers.

“Generator is NORPA’s program for developing new work. We develop our theatre from scratch – fresh and local. We’re passionate about local creation. We tackle significant social issues. We collaborate with community groups, leading theatre companies and professional artists across Australia. We have our own unique, engaging event-based theatre style. NORPA is part of the conversation defining contemporary Australian performing arts and storytelling.” – Julian Louis, Artistic Director

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