Theatre - Don Russell Performing Arts Centre


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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

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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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 drpac@gosnells.wa.gov.au

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
  • Hearing loop
  • 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.

Blueberry Play - Beyond the Fringe - Sun 27 Jan 2019
When: Sunday 27 January, 6.00PM - 6.45PM

Being 17 is awkward. Having to take care of your sick dad when you’re 17 is another story…especially when he keeps trying to shave his eyebrows off.

Fees: Standard $22
Suitable for: Adults, 
School Girl in uniform
Not Romeo and Juliet - Beyond the Fringe - Fri 1 Feb 2019
When: Friday 1 February, 6.00PM - 6.45PM

Not Romeo and Juliet is a high octane theatrical anarchy, ridiculous physical comedy and a joyous celebration of queer love and you can even bring your grandma to the show.

Fees: Standard $22
Suitable for: Adults, 
Women hugging in circus clothing
Interrupting a Crisis - Beyond the Fringe - Sun 10 Feb 2019
When: Sunday 10 February, 6.00PM - 7.00PM

This is a true story of a woman who learned to song write her way through anxiety.

Fees: Standard $22
Suitable for: Adults, 
Actress posing with keyboard
Vivir - Beyond the Fringe - Sun 17 Feb 2019
When: Sunday 17 February, 6.00PM - 7.00PM

Direct from Spain, Vivir is a fresh new interpretation of the ancient art of flamenco music & dance and a sublime way of experiencing beauty and rhythm. Award-winning Madrid based artists Aylin Eleonora and Raúl Mannola will captivate the audience in an evening of passion and rhythm.

Fees: Standard $22
Suitable for: Adults, 
Aylin Eleonora dancing flamenco
Totally Olivia Newton-John – Alix Jordan - Wed 20 Feb 2019
When: Wednesday 20 February, 11.00AM - 12.00PM

Alix Jordan will sing well known tunes by Olivia Newton-John from the1970s, including some musical numbers and songs from Newton-John’s popular movies.

Fees: Standard $15, Group (10 or more) $14, Registered Carers $3
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, 
Alix Jordan posing as Olivia Newton John
Spike the Echidna - Sat 9 Mar 2019
When: Saturday 9 March, 2.00PM - 3.00PM

Told through the art form of contemporary shadow theatre, Spike is an interactive experience for the audience, with lively original music by upbeat and eclectic Mal Webb.

Fees: Adult $26, Child (3–12 years) $18, Family of four (2 adults, 2 children) $73
Suitable for: Children, Families, 
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Under Paris Skies – Sassafras Band - Wed 13 Mar 2019
When: Wednesday 13 March, 11.00AM - 12.00PM

Sassafras is one of Perth’s premier gypsy jazz bands. This show features tapping swing, breakneck gypsy jazz, wistful French ballads and re-worked jazz standards in a vibrant and engaging mix of acoustic music.

Fees: Standard $15, Group (10 or more) $14, Registered carers $3
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, 
Sassafras Band
Practically Perfect - The Music of Julie Andrews - Sat 23 Mar 2019
When: Saturday 23 March, 7.30PM - 9.00PM

Performed by Karla Hillam and Jonathan
Guthrie-Jones, with an accompanist on piano,
Practically Perfect takes a look at Julie Andrews’
life, her music and her leading men.

Fees: Standard $30, Concession $26, Group (10 or more) $22
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, 
Karla Hilam posing
Dutch Singers - Wed 24 Apr 2019
When: Wednesday 24 April, 11.00AM - 12.00PM

The Dutch Singers will perform in traditional Volendam costumes as they serenade the audience with musical varieties from different eras.

Fees: Standard $15, Group (10 or more) $14, Registered carers $3
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, 
Unforgettable - Agelink Theatre - Wed 22 May 2019
When: Wednesday 22 May, 11.00AM - 12.00PM

Agelink Theatre will take you back to the romance and spirit of the 1950s and the golden age of musical theatre in an energy packed hour with amazing cast like Jay Weston, Alinta Carroll and Craig Skelton.

Fees: Standard $15, Group (10 or more) $14, Registered carers $3
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, 
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