Theatre - Don Russell Performing Arts Centre


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Plan your next theatre outing without driving to Perth or Subiaco. The Don Russell Performing Arts Centre is located in Thornlie, with free parking, nearby restaurants and is serviced by a bus route.

The Centre presents national touring shows, monthly Morning Melodies performances and local theatre productions.

The Auditorium, Studio Room and Foyer are all available to hire for your next meeting, presentation or conference. View details on the 'What's Here' tab.

Don Russell Performing Arts Centre, Lot 13 Murdoch Road, Thornlie WA 6108
9498 9414. Box Office Hours, Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm. Cash and Credit Card payments available.
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Each year the Centre hosts weekly performing arts classes and has more than 90 performances and events which attract about 14,000 patrons.

The Centre is situated on Murdoch Road in Thornlie, next to Forest Lakes Shopping Centre. Please phone 9498 9414 to talk to a staff member or browse the tabs for more information.

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Morning Melodies is sponsored by

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  • Toilets

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Annual program

DRPAC hosts a range of performances throughout the year. All coming shows can be viewed through the Events tab, or on the Events Calendar.

Monthly Features

This diverse season is defined by high calibre professional performances either from interstate or local production companies and individuals. These are often included in national tours and/or state wide tours.

The shows are held once a month, commence in February and cover at least 10 months of the year. Most shows are evening performances but do vary. More details are included on the Events Calendar and bookings can be made online.

Morning Melodies

Morning Melodies is a monthly series of performances tailored for those who are young at heart. If you love live music and entertainment, then this is just the ticket!

Entry price includes morning tea which is served at 10.15am. Performances start at 11am and run for 1hour.

Booking can be made online here or by contact the Box Office.

Morning Melodies is sponsored by

School Holidays

During most school holidays DRPAC presents at least one show/event specifically tailored for children aged 5-12 years of age.
There are generally two performances of the same show, both on the same weekday. Times can vary so it is advisable to check the current Events Calendar.

International Series

This program of occasional events exists to present shows with an international flavour, though has particular emphasis on World Music. Features up to four performances per year.

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

DRPAC attracts approximately 16,000 people per annum, so would be suitable for businesses/sponsors keen to target their products and services to large audiences within the children, adults and seniors demographic areas.

To find out more information about becoming a sponsor contact the City’s Funding and Sponsorships Officer on 9397 3116.

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Dance studio for hire

The Dance Studio at Don Russell Performing Arts Centre in Thornlie is available to hire for performing arts activities.

The 7.5m x 11.5m studio has:

  • a sprung wooden floor
  • full length mirrors
  • a ballet bar.

The studio and adjacent foyer have cold refrigerated air-conditioning and there’s plenty of free parking outside.

Bookings and Enquiries

To enquire about the Centre's availabilty for your next event, please fill out and submit the Venue Booking Enquiry Form.

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For urgent enquiries please call the centre on 9498 9414 between 9am to 5pm, Monday - Friday.

Join the Don Club

Join our Don Club and receive our quarterly Events Calendars. Membership is free and Don Club members enjoy benefits such as exclusive eNewsletters, occasional ticket discounts and priority booking periods.

Our monthly eNewsletters contain an electronic copy of the quarterly Events Calendars and serve as a great reminder for upcoming shows.

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Lakers Tavern discount deal

Lakers Tavern, in conjunction with the Don Russell Performing Arts Centre, is pleased to offer patrons the following discounts:

Day time shows

Free coffee or beverage (soft drink or juice) with any purchase of food (snack, starter, main course meal). Free Lakers show bag for kids with every food purchase.

Night time shows

Receive $5 off main course meal or a free beverage (glass of wine, tap beer, soft drink) with the purchase of a main course meal.

Lakers Tavern is located across the carpark from DRPAC. Patrons just need to present their DRPAC show ticket on the day/night of the show to receive the discount.

Local Community Theatre Group – New City Theatre Inc.

Are you interested in participating in local theatre shows?

New City Theatre Inc. is a local community theatre group that was established in August 2014 to provide opportunities for local people to participate in performing arts. 

The group was established through the assistance of the City of Gosnells and City of Canning and perform shows at local venues, including Don Russell Performing Arts Centre and Canning Town Hall.

For more information see the contact information on New City Theatre’s website.

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Theatre information

Don Russell Performing Arts Centre is the premier theatre venue in Perth’s eastern suburbs.

Owned and managed by the City of Gosnells, this purpose built performing arts facility has a comfortable 210 seat theatre and a fully equipped dance studio. The intimate theatre boasts excellent acoustics, cushioned tiered seating and clear sightlines from almost every seat in the house.

Up to date equipment, professional staff and an invaluable volunteers group combine to make every event a success.


It features comprehensive audio and lighting systems, including an audio loop for the hearing impaired. Qualified lighting and audio technicians are provided. The first two rows of removable seating provide staging options for concerts and seminars.


The following dimensions are standard and exclusive of wing space:

  • Width 7.5m
  • Depth up to 6.09m
  • Height (to grid) 4.5m


  • Backstage separate walk-in wardrobe
  • Spacious dressing room with full amenities
  • Easy access drive in loading bay

Dance Studio

  • A 7.5m x 11.5m room
  • Sprung wooden floor
  • Air conditioning
  • Full length mirrors
  • Fixed ballet bars. 

Kitchen Facilities

  • Commercial fridge
  • Domestic electric oven
  • Instant hot water
  • Ample bench space 

Additional trestle tables are also available.


Our fabulous volunteers manage the kitchen and provide an ushering service during shows. If you would like to become a DRPAC volunteer, please contact the centre. 

General Information

The centre has reverse cycle air conditioning for year round comfort. ACROD parking bays, easy access toilets and wheelchair access to the theatre are provided for people with disabilities.

Online Bookings

Tickets for the 25-plus events programmed annually can be purchased online, for your convenience. Your credit card details are deleted immediately after your transaction is processed, making online booking both easy and secure. Click on 'Buy Tickets to a Show' in the Related Links below. 

Other Available Services and Equipment

Hire of the centre's online booking system, data projector, follow spotlight and extra technical equipment.

Contact Us

For all show bookings, venue hire information and enquiries please call 9498 9414 or email

Universal accessibility features

Don Russell Performing Arts Centre has a number of universal accessibility features to provide access for all, including:

  • ACROD parking
  • Automatic doors
  • Accessible 'ground floor' viewing area
  • Accessible toilet facilities
  • Companion card scheme to provide free entry for registered carers.

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Venue hire

The Don Russell Performing Arts Centre is a modern, universally accessible and self contained venue close to public transport and free parking.

The centre offers three areas for hire including:

  • Studio room with polished floors and versatile room layout making it suitable for meetings, workshops and conferences.
  • Auditorium with a fully equipped theatre and tiered seating for 216 people, modern audio and lighting systems, a stage and backstage area featuring a walk-in wardrobe and dressing room with full amenities. An easy access drive-in loading bay is also available. This is suitable for presentations, conferences, product launches, award nights, school graduations, seminars and performances. 
  • Foyer with comfortable furniture and spaces to mingle, mix or gather in groups. It’s the perfect setting for networking, cocktail functions, business gatherings or breakouts during seminars.

More information

Access the brochure below, contact the DRPAC bookings office on 9498 9414 or use the online form below.
To make an enquiry about hiring another venue please contact our facilities bookings office on 9397 3244 or email.
Please note, DRPAC is not suitable as a party venue.

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Please note, Don Russell Performing Arts Centre is unsuitable for private parties.

Triple P Seminar Series - Nurturing strong, happy children - Wed 3 May 2017
When: Wednesday 3 May, 6.00PM - 8.30PM

Make parenting easier by teaching your child the social and emotional skills they need.

Fees: This is a free event, bookings are essential.
Suitable for: Adults, 
Children in a huddle
Shirley Valentine (National Tour) - Sat 13 May 2017
When: Saturday 13 May, 7.30PM - 9.00PM

Russell’s much–loved play about a middle-aged Liverpool housewife and mother who breaks the mould of her monotonous life, remains a relevant and totally enthralling piece of theatre.

Fees: Standard $38.80, Concession/Student $35.80, Group $30.80
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, 
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Cyber Safety Parent Workshop - Keeping kids safe in our digital world - Tue 16 May 2017
When: Tuesday 16 May, 6.00PM - 8.30PM

Presented by WA Child Safety Services, this workshop is designed to help parents and carers teach their children how to safely navigate the digital world.

Fees: Free - Bookings are Essential
Suitable for: Adults, 
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Dads do it differently - Families Week Workshop - Wed 17 May 2017
When: Wednesday 17 May, 6.00PM - 8.00PM

This workshop is for all carers, with a focus on co-parenting and the importance of a father’s role in their child’s development.

Fees: Free, but bookings are essential.
Suitable for: Adults, 
Dad reading to child
The Voice of Gene Pitney – Andrew Simpson - Wed 24 May 2017
When: Wednesday 24 May, 11.00AM - 12.00PM

Andrew Simpson recreates the voice of Gene Pitney, one of the best-loved music stars of the 1960s. You will hear Pitney’s classic songs like ‘Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa’, ‘Town Without Pity’.

Fees: Standard $14, Group (10 or more) $13, Carers $3
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, 
Andrew Simpson performs as the voice of Gene Pitney
Benjamin and Me - Sun 4 Jun 2017
When: Sunday 4 June, 1.30PM - 2.30PM

Benjamin and Me is a show for families and adventurous adults. It’s the newest work from award-winning writer and performer Mark Storen.

Fees: Standard $18.80, Child $15.80, Family of 4 (per person) $13
Suitable for: Families, Children, All community, 
If We Could Turn Back Time - Older Womens Network Theatre Group - Wed 14 Jun 2017
When: Wednesday 14 June, 11.00AM - 12.00PM

Centre regulars, the Older Women’s Network Theatre Group, presents its typically varied show with great songs, a smattering of dance and a dollop of good humour.

Fees: Standard $14, Group (10 or more) $13, Carers $3
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, 
If we could turn back time - Older Women's Network Theatre Group
Over the Fence Comedy Film Festival - Sun 18 Jun 2017
When: Sunday 18 June, 1.30PM - 3.30PM

Over the Fence is Australia’s longest running touring comedy
film festival. The theme for the 2017 festival is: It’s a Big, Bad
World Out There. Suitable for 15 years and over.

Fees: Standard $8, Children (16 years and under) $5.50
Suitable for: Teenagers, Adults, Seniors, 
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GOLD: Songs of Shirley Bassey – Petrina Bishop - Wed 19 Jul 2017
When: Wednesday 19 July, 11.00AM - 12.00PM

Discover how Bassey used her outstanding voice to break the chains of poverty and become one of the most popular singers of her time.

Fees: Standard $14, Group (10 or more) $13, Carers $3
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, 
My Viennese Heart - Fiona Mariah - Wed 23 Aug 2017
When: Wednesday 23 August, 11.00AM - 12.00PM

Soprano Fiona Mariah and pianist Daniel Masmanian will perform melodies and songs from The Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus and more.

Fees: Standard $14, Group (10 or more) $13, Carers $3
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, 
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Comedy Gold - Sat 26 Aug 2017
When: Saturday 26 August, 7.30PM - 9.30PM

This popular touring show from the Adelaide Fringe Festival makes its fourth annual appearance at DRPAC.

Fees: Standard $30.80, Concession $26.80, Group (10 or more) $22.80
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, 
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The Show Queen Cher - Jaye Yates - Wed 27 Sep 2017
When: Wednesday 27 September, 11.00AM - 12.00PM

Chameleon entertainer Jaye Yates sings some of Cher’s biggest hits such as: ‘I Got You, Babe’ ‘Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves’ and many more.

Fees: Standard $14, Group (10 or more) $13, Carers $3
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, 
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Uncovering May Gibbs – Agelink Theatre - Wed 18 Oct 2017
When: Wednesday 18 October, 11.00AM - 12.00PM

Agelink theatre presents the lives of three remarkable Australian female authors – May Gibbs, Ethel Turner and Mary Grant Bruce – with music and stories.

Fees: Standard $14, Group (10 or more) $13, Carers $3
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, 
Child dressed as character from May Gibbs book
Historic Documentaries - Wed 15 Nov 2017
When: Wednesday 15 November, 11.00AM - 12.00PM

This film screening includes a selection of mainly WA short films from the mid-20th Century.

Fees: Film Screening $8
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, 
Silver Threads Band - Christmas Show - Wed 6 Dec 2017
When: Wednesday 6 December, 11.00AM - 12.00PM

This 25-member big brass band is a perennial DRPAC favourite. It signs off the 2017 Morning Melodies program with a special Christmas show.

Fees: Standard $14, Group (10 or more) $13, Carers $3
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, 
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