Theatre - Don Russell Performing Arts Centre


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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

Purchase tickets here

Venue hire

Please call the Bookings Office on 9498 9414, 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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Morning Melodies is sponsored by

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Don Russell Performing Arts Centre, Lot 13 Murdoch Road, Thornlie WA 6108
9498 9414. Box Office Hours, Monday to Friday 10am - 2pm. Cash and Credit Card payments available.
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  • 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.


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.

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The Last Five Years – Fringe World 2020 - Fri 24 Jan 2020
When: Friday 24 January, 6.30PM - 8.00PM
Friday 24 January, 9.00PM - 10.30PM
Saturday 25 January, 9.00AM - 10.30PM
Saturday 25 January, 4.00PM - 5.30PM
Saturday 25 January, 6.30PM - 8.00PM
Friday 31 January, 6.30AM - 8.00PM

Cathy and Jamie's relationship has lasted five years.

Fees: $35 for 2 shows
Suitable for: Adults, All community, 
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An Evening with Maggie Dent – Real Kids in an Unreal World - Tue 11 Feb 2020
When: Tuesday 11 February, 6.00PM - 8.00PM

Commonly known as the “queen of common sense”, Maggie Dent has become one of Australia’s favourite parenting authors and educators, with a particular interest in the early years, adolescence and resilience.

Fees: $11.64 (via Eventbrite)
Suitable for: Adults, Carers, 
Parent seminar
Morning Melodies – Dusty, Doris a dedication - Wed 19 Feb 2020
When: Wednesday 19 February, 11.00AM - 12.00PM

Doris Day and Dusty Springfield are two of the most famous female singing icons ever.

Fees: $15
Suitable for: Carers, Seniors, 
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A Capella Workshop with The Baden Street Singers - Sat 22 Feb 2020
When: Saturday 22 February, 10.00AM - 3.00PM

The City of Gosnells along with The Baden Street Singers, invite singers of all ages and level to participate in this A Cappella Singing Workshop.

Fees: Standard $35, Concession $26, Child $18
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, Teenagers, All community, 
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Up, Up & Away - Cabaret Show - Fri 6 Mar 2020
When: Friday 6 March, 7.30PM - 9.00PM

“Ladies and gentlemen, we welcome you aboard magical airline Up, Up & Away"!

Fees: Standard $35, Concession/Student $26, VIP $45
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, All community, 
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Jekyll & Hyde – The Musical - Fri 13 Mar 2020
When: Friday 13 March, 7.30PM - 10.00PM
Saturday 14 March, 2.00PM - 4.30PM
Saturday 14 March, 7.30PM - 10.00PM
Friday 20 March, 7.30PM - 10.00PM
Saturday 21 March, 2.00PM - 4.30PM
Saturday 21 March, 7.30PM - 10.00PM

Friday 20 March, 7.30PM - 10.00PM
Saturday 21 March, 2.00PM - 4.30PM
Saturday 21 March, 7.30PM - 10.00PM

Presented by Laughing Horse Productions

Fees: Standard $30, Concession/Student $26, Child $15
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, Teenagers, All community, 
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Morning Melodies – Feminem – My Life in Heels - Wed 18 Mar 2020
When: Wednesday 18 March, 11.00AM - 12.00PM

Long before her meteoric rise to fame, there were many years of hard work and a lifetime of ups and downs.

Fees: Standard $15 including morning tea
Suitable for: Carers, Seniors, 
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Battle of the Voices – music performance - Sun 22 Mar 2020
When: Sunday 22 March, 2.00PM - 4.00PM

Presented by Amber Attractions

Fees: Standard $26, Concession/Student $18, Child U17 $13
Suitable for: Adults, Children, Carers, Families, Seniors, Teenagers, All community, 
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