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Enjoy a great line-up of professional, top-rated theatre shows right on your doorstep.

With our free parking facilities and easy access to public transport, you can enjoy a great night without the hassles of travelling to the CBD. 

Our modern 216-seat venue attracts around 14,000 patrons a year, and includes a wide range of hire facilities:

  • Auditorium with a fully equipped theatre and tiered seating for 216 people

  • Modern audio and lighting systems

  • A large stage and backstage area, walk-in wardrobe and dressing room with full amenities, and a drive-in loading bay.

  • Suitable for presentations, conferences, product launches, award nights, school graduations, seminars and performances.

  • Studio room with polished floors and versatile layout – suitable for meetings, workshops and conferences.

  • Foyer with comfortable seating and spaces to mingle, mix or gather in groups – it’s the perfect setting for networking, cocktail functions, business gatherings or breakouts during seminars.

Why not get up on stage with our weekly performing arts classes? It's a great way to meet new friends and build confidence.


Upcoming shows

All tickets to shows between July and September can only be purchased through the Box Office on 9498 9414

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    02 October 2020: Seussical - The Musical

    "Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss' best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper.

    Don Russell Performing Arts CentreLot 13, Murdoch Road, Thornlie, WA

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    14 October 2020: Morning Melodies - Karen Carpenter Tribute

    In this Morning Melodies performance, Roseen brings alive the memory and the unique sound of the legendary Karen Carpenter.

    Don Russell Performing Arts CentreLot 13, Murdoch Road, Thornlie, WA

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    16 October 2020: Art with a Glass

    It's time to get back out and start socialising again, in small groups of course. What better way to spend a Friday evening than out with friends, having a drink and getting creative.

    Join local artist Geraldine Gustavino Art to create your very own masterpiece.

    Don Russell Performing Arts CentreLot 13, Murdoch Road, Thornlie, WA

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    23 October 2020: In conversation with Craig Silvey

    Join us for an engaging conversation with bestselling author of Jasper Jones, Craig Silvey.

    Don Russell Performing Arts CentreLot 13, Murdoch Road, Thornlie, WA

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    25 October 2020: Emerge Art Series - Sunday Session Pour & Sip

    Get creative and have fun learning resin pour techniques to make a fabulous marbled resin cheese board with the City of Gosnells and Cabernet & Canvas.

    Don Russell Performing Arts CentreLot 13, Murdoch Road, Thornlie, WA


Venue hire

Please contact our booking office on 94989414, use the venue enquiry booking form .

To make an enquiry about hiring another venue, please contact our Facilities Bookings Office on 9397 3244.
Please note, this is not suitable as a party venue.


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LOCATION
Don Russell Performing Arts Centre, Lot 13 Murdoch Road, Thornlie WA 6108
CONTACT DETAILS
Telephone
9498 9414. Box Office Hours, Monday to Friday 10am - 2pm. Cash and Credit Card payments available.
Email Address
drpac@gosnells.wa.gov.au
FEATURES
  • Kiosk
  • Accessible parking bays
  • Accessible toilet
  • Seating
  • Air-conditioning
  • Microwave
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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.

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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.

Theatre

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.

Stage

The following dimensions are standard and exclusive of wing space:

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

Backstage

  • 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.

Volunteering

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.

Seussical - The Musical - Fri 2 Oct 2020
When: Friday 2 October, 7.00PM - 9.30PM
Saturday 3 October, 1.30PM - 4.00PM
Saturday 3 October, 7.00PM - 9.30PM
Friday 9 October, 7.00PM - 9.30PM
Saturday 10 October, 1.30PM - 4.00PM
Saturday 10 October, 7.00PM - 9.30PM

"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss' best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper.

Fees: $15 - $30
Suitable for: Adults, Children, Families, All community, 
Morning Melodies - Karen Carpenter Tribute - Wed 14 Oct 2020
When: Wednesday 14 October, 11.00AM - 12.00PM

In this Morning Melodies performance, Roseen brings alive the memory and the unique sound of the legendary Karen Carpenter.

Fees: $15
Suitable for: Seniors, 
Art with a Glass - Fri 16 Oct 2020
When: Friday 16 October, 7.00PM - 10.00PM

It's time to get back out and start socialising again, in small groups of course. What better way to spend a Friday evening than out with friends, having a drink and getting creative.

Join local artist Geraldine Gustavino Art to create your very own masterpiece.

Fees: $38
Suitable for: Adults, 
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In conversation with Craig Silvey - Fri 23 Oct 2020
When: Friday 23 October, 6.30PM - 8.00PM

Join us for an engaging conversation with bestselling author of Jasper Jones, Craig Silvey.

Fees: Free
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, Teenagers, 
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Emerge Art Series - Sunday Session Pour & Sip - Sun 25 Oct 2020
When: Sunday 25 October, 1.00PM - 4.00PM

Get creative and have fun learning resin pour techniques to make a fabulous marbled resin cheese board with the City of Gosnells and Cabernet & Canvas.

Fees: $51.30pp
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, 
Resin Pour
Sundowner Series - Mark Stone - Fri 30 Oct 2020
When: Friday 30 October, 7.00PM - 8.00PM

Originally from Northern England, Mark Stone specialises in 90's British music, but enjoys playing an eclectic mix of music to suit any crowd including Stevie Wonder, Oasis, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, The Kinks, Tom Petty, The Verve, Fleetwood Mac and much more.

Fees: $22
Suitable for: Adults, 
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Morning Melodies - Summer Holidays - Wed 11 Nov 2020
When: Wednesday 11 November, 11.00AM - 12.00PM

For our 27th year of creating fun filled and heart-warming shows for senior audiences, we delight you with songs and anecdotes from the early 1960’s, with a stellar cast of some of Perth’s best musical theatre performers. The early 1960's brought many changes to Australia, including in music.
The old faithfuls such as Frank Sinatra and the 50's rock stars such as Elvis were challenged by the new popular music forms, while the Bomb, (nuclear and Marilyn Monroe) mini-skirts and bikinis caused a sensation. The new wave of youthful adventurers are now becoming seniors and looking back to exciting times!

Fees: $15
Suitable for: Seniors, 
The Magicians featuring Adam & Selina - Thu 19 Nov 2020
When: Thursday 19 November, 7.00PM - 9.30PM

Adam & Selina are Australian brother-sister illusionists and entertainers who have performed together since the late 1990’s, most widely known for their large scale illusions and cutting-edge approach to the art of magic. This award-winning duo has been seen by over 30 million people and has raptured audiences worldwide.

Witness as they materialise out of thin air, make the invisible become visible, levitate, melt through solid matter, escape from impossible restraints and even teleport from one location to another instantly and much more!

Young, modern and diversely talented, Adam & Selina are an evolutionary leap of modern day illusionists. It is the powerful synergy of their wholesome characters, playful and charming personalities and their extraordinary abilities that make them the ultimate family friendly entertainment experience for audiences of the 21st century.

Fees: $15 - $38
Suitable for: Adults, Children, Carers, Families, Seniors, Teenagers, All community, 
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Sundowner Series - Faraway Land - Fri 27 Nov 2020
When: Friday 27 November, 7.00PM - 8.00PM

Local Perth and Disney Tribute band Faraway Land will bring back some classic cartoon songs from your childhood with an original flare that you will not hear elsewhere. Band members Freddie Mousavi, Tom Langridge and Nikki Dagostino are sure to brighten your Friday night.

Fees: $22
Suitable for: Adults, 
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DIVAS - The Drag Revue - Sat 5 Dec 2020
When: Saturday 5 December, 7.30PM - 9.30PM

The award winning DIVAS are back. With show stopping Celebrity Tributes, Iconic Movie Soundtracks & your favourite hits from yesterday and today, DIVAS is a show not to be missed.

Fees: $22 - $38
Suitable for: Adults, 
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Seniors Carols by Candlelight - Mon 7 Dec 2020
When: Monday 7 December, 6.30PM - 8.30PM

Embrace the spirit of Christmas in the comfort of the City’s theatre, as
you enjoy the beautiful and talented voices of the Real Life Church and
the Seniors Services Singing for Fun group.

Fees: Free
Suitable for: Seniors, 
Carols by candlelight
Morning Melodies - A Country Christmas - Wed 9 Dec 2020
When: Wednesday 9 December, 11.00AM - 12.00PM

With their trademark harmonies and vibrant personalities, 7th Heaven have a wonderful show for you. ‘A Country Christmas’ features some classic country tunes with a touch of Christmas glitter, sure to have you singing along.

Fees: $15
Suitable for: Seniors, 
Sundowner Series - AQUILA - Fri 18 Dec 2020
When: Friday 18 December, 7.00PM - 8.00PM

AQUILA's live performances smash the two worlds of classical and contemporary music together in unexpected ways, making for renditions and re-imaginings that bring out the rock in classical and the baroque in pop. Boasting completely original arrangements and reinterpretations of artists from the Beatles to Gotye and from Metallica to Amy Winehouse, this is a must-see performance.

Fees: $22
Suitable for: Adults, 
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