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

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.

The Yonder – Beyond the Fringe - Sun 18 Feb 2018
When: Sunday 18 February, 5.30PM - 6.30PM

Prepare for a journey in to the wild blue yonder with lo-fi, sci-fi comedy from two-time Melbourne Fringe award winners and Fringe World award finalists.

Fees: Standard $26
Suitable for: Adults, 
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Parent workshop: Kids and anxiety - Mon 19 Feb 2018
When: Monday 19 February, 6.00PM - 8.00PM

This sessions aims to assist parents and caregivers to understand anxiety and provides simple strategies to use at home.

Fees: Free, but bookings are essential.
Suitable for: Adults, 
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The Art of McCartney – Scott Vance - Wed 21 Feb 2018
When: Wednesday 21 February, 11.00AM - 12.00PM

Scott has performed in various Beatles tribute bands for over 20 years. He now brings that depth of experience to showcase the incomparable songs written by music icon Paul McCartney.

Fees: Standard $14.50, Group (10 or more) $13.50, Carers $3
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, 
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Sing out Loud presented by Act-Belong-Commit - Sat 24 Feb 2018
When: Saturday 24 February, 10.00AM - 11.00AM

Sing your heart out at this WA Opera workshop for parents and children as you learn singing techniques while singing in Italian alongside professional opera singers.

Fees: Free but bookings are essential. Bookings open on 29 January, please call 9397 3000.
Suitable for: Children, 
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The Killer Vs The King - Fri 9 Mar 2018
When: Friday 9 March, 7.30PM - 9.15PM

Back by popular demand, the Sun Rising Band presents the two biggest names in rock and roll – Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis – in a foot-stomping new show.

Fees: Standard $31.30, Concession $27.30, Group (10 or more) $23.30
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, All community, 
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A World of Dark Comedy - Sun 11 Mar 2018
When: Sunday 11 March, 1.30PM - 2.30PM

From the people who brought us Over the Fence Comedy Film Festival last June, comes its new touring festival of short films - A World of Dark Comedy.

Fees: Standard $8
Suitable for: Adults, 
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60’s Legends - Eddie Storm OAM and Kelly Green - Wed 21 Mar 2018
When: Wednesday 21 March, 11.00AM - 12.00PM

Eddie Storm OAM and Kelly Green will take you
down memory lane with the greatest hits from the
1960s. They offer variety galore including
sing-alongs, ballads, pop and a touch of opera.

Fees: Standard $14.50, Group (10 or more) $13.50, Carers $3
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, 
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Parent workshop: Understanding Anxiety & Depression in Youth - Thu 12 Apr 2018
When: Thursday 12 April, 6.30PM - 8.00PM

Do you have a young person in your life that may be experiencing Anxiety or Depression? This course covers the challenges experienced by anxious and/or depressed children and adolescents and provides practical ideas and tips for parents and carers to assist their child and themselves.

Fees: Free, but bookings are essential.
Suitable for: Adults, 
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Blow the House Down - Sat 21 Apr 2018
When: Saturday 21 April, 7.30PM - 9.30PM

This show features a broad sweep of popular music, including a cameo of Tom Jones' greatest hits. The 10-piece band has two amazing vocalists, Alix Jordan and Wayne Stanley.

Fees: Standard $30, Concession $26, Group (10 or more) $22
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, All community, 
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A Fine Romance - The Magic of Fred Astaire - Fri 18 May 2018
When: Friday 18 May, 7.30PM - 9.15PM

This is an all-singing, all-dancing tribute to the man who went on to become the most famous dancer of all time.

Fees: Standard $36.30, Concesssion $31.30, Group (10 or more) $27.30
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, All community, 
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