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.

Music Jamboree - Sat 20 Oct 2018
When: Saturday 20 October, 7.30PM - 9.15PM

Get ready to party, because Johnny Law and
The Pistol Packin’ Daddies are set to play some
of their favourite music legends, including Elvis
Presley, Fats Domino, Bill Haley, Carl Perkins,
Johnny Cash and Gene Vincent.

Fees: Standard $22, Concession $16, Group (10 or more) $16
Suitable for: Adults, 
Johnny Law and his band posing
Spirit of the Streets Choir - Wed 24 Oct 2018
When: Wednesday 24 October, 11.00AM - 12.00PM

Share the joy of music with a unique choir aimed at
providing an environment where people from all walks
of life and social backgrounds can come together and
sing. Join in and sing along to well-known songs for a
fun and blissful morning.

Fees: Standard $14.50, Group (10 or more) $13.50, Carers $3
Suitable for: Seniors, 
Spirit of the Streets Choir
Kids Friendships - Wed 31 Oct 2018
When: Wednesday 31 October, 6.00PM - 8.00PM

The ups, the downs, the highs, the lows. Children's friendships are complex - and essential. Presented by Claire Orange

Fees: Free, bookings are essential.
Suitable for: Adults, Carers, 
Children in a huddle
Sleeping Beauty - Pantomime - Sun 4 Nov 2018
When: Sunday 4 November, 1.00PM - 2.00PM

Enjoy another classic pantomime by renowned
playwright Tony Nicholls, Sleeping Beauty, as
presented by the Wembley Theatre Company.

Fees: Adult $18, Children (5 – 16 years) $15, Family (2 adults and 2 children) $53
Suitable for: Families, All community, 
Wembley Theatre actors on stage
Six Seasons Concert - Fri 9 Nov 2018
When: Friday 9 November, 7.30PM - 9.00PM

Highly respected Noongar elder and performer
Dr Richard Walley and dancer and musician
Olman Walley will join Junkadelic Brass Band
for a cultural celebration of WA’s South West.

Fees: Standard $18, Concession/student $15, Group (10 or more) $14
Suitable for: All community, 
Junkadelic band members and Olman Walley
Silver Threads Band - Wed 14 Nov 2018
When: Wednesday 14 November, 11.00AM - 12.00PM

This 25-member big brass band of seasoned musicians
performs regularly in DRPAC’s Morning Melodies
programs. Be sure to expect great music and audience
participation aplenty.

Fees: Standard $14.50, Group (10 or more) $13.50, Carers $3
Suitable for: Seniors, 
Silver Threads Band
Safer Seniors Carols by Candlelight - Mon 17 Dec 2018
When: Monday 17 December, 6.30PM - 9.00PM

The Safer Seniors annual Carols by Candlelight event brings seniors together to embrace the spirit of Christmas.

Fees: Free
Suitable for: Seniors, 
'Tis the Season - Fri 21 Dec 2018
When: Friday 21 December, 7.30PM - 9.00PM

The WA Brass Band will give you
something to trumpet about this festive
season, with beautiful brass band
arrangements of Christmas classics
Away in a Manger, A Christmas
Song, Three King Swing and
many more.

Fees: Standard $18, Concession $15, Group (10 or more) $14
Suitable for: All community, 
WA Brass Band posing outdoors
Tivoli Christmas Show - Thu 5 Dec 2019
When: Thursday 5 December, 11.00AM - 12.00PM

Take a trip back to the 1960’s where listening to
Earl Grant sing Silver Bells on the radio was a
favourite Christmas pastime. The Tivoli will bring
you songs such as Welcome Christmas, There’s
No Christmas like a Home Christmas and more
great tunes.

Fees: Standard $14.50, Group (10 or more) $13.50, Carers $3
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, 
Tivoli Xmas Show