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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 235-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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    06 August 2021: Miss Westralia

    Based on an incredible true story, this poignant musical comedy about Beryl Mills will have your toes tapping and you heart singing. Join us as we do the Charleston from Geraldton to Chicago to uncover this remarkable untold piece of local history.

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

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    11 August 2021: Morning Melodies - A Tribute to the 80's

    Join Stewart Herbertson as he takes you on a journey through the music of the 80’s, as we relive the moments that shaped the decade.

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

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    13 August 2021: Art with a Glass

    This is anything but a painting class. This is an opportunity to come out with your friends and splash some paint on a canvas, no skills required. 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. Geraldine will guide you through the art process to create your original art piece.

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

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    21 August 2021: Some Enchanted Evening

    Join us for a very special event paying tribute to the timeless music from the legendary Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. 

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

  • Baden DRPAC Facebook event cover Jul-Sept4.jpg

    27 August 2021: Sundowner Series - Baden Street Singers

    Join us for a night with the award winning A Capella group The Baden St Singers as they take you on a journey through time with their amazing rendition of your favourite tunes.

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


Venue hire

Please visit our Online Booking Portal to submit a booking enquiry or contact the Box Office on 9498 9414. 

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
Email Address
drpac@gosnells.wa.gov.au
FEATURES
  • Kiosk
  • Accessible parking bays
  • Accessible toilet
  • Seating
  • Air-conditioning
  • Microwave
WHERE IS IT?

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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

Please visit our Online Booking Portal to view availability and submit a booking enquiry. For general enquiries or for booking dates within the next 7 days, please call the centre on 9498 9414 between 10am to 2pm, Monday - Friday.

 

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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

Please visit our Online Booking Portal to view availability and submit a booking enquiry. For general enquiries or for booking dates within the next 7 days, please call the centre on 9498 9414 between 10am to 2pm, Monday - Friday.

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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Miss Westralia - Fri 6 Aug 2021
When: Friday 6 August, 7.00PM - 9.00PM
Saturday 7 August, 2.00PM - 4.00PM

Based on an incredible true story, this poignant musical comedy about Beryl Mills will have your toes tapping and you heart singing. Join us as we do the Charleston from Geraldton to Chicago to uncover this remarkable untold piece of local history.

Fees: $26 - $35
Suitable for: Adults, Families, 
Miss Westralia DRPAC Facebook event cover Jul-Sept8.jpg
Morning Melodies - A Tribute to the 80's - Wed 11 Aug 2021
When: Wednesday 11 August, 11.00AM - 12.00PM

Join Stewart Herbertson as he takes you on a journey through the music of the 80’s, as we relive the moments that shaped the decade.

Fees: $16 +TF
Suitable for: Seniors, All community, 
MM August DRPAC Facebook event cover Jul-Sept2.jpg
Art with a Glass - Fri 13 Aug 2021
When: Friday 13 August, 7.00PM - 9.30PM

This is anything but a painting class. This is an opportunity to come out with your friends and splash some paint on a canvas, no skills required. 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. Geraldine will guide you through the art process to create your original art piece.

Fees: $38 +TF
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, Teenagers, All community, 
Art with a Glass DRPAC Facebook event cover Jul-Sept10.jpg
Some Enchanted Evening - Sat 21 Aug 2021
When: Saturday 21 August, 7.30PM - 10.00PM

Join us for a very special event paying tribute to the timeless music from the legendary Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. 

Fees: $22 - $38
Suitable for: Adults, 
Some enchanted evening DRPAC Facebook event cover Jul-Sept7.jpg
Sundowner Series - Baden Street Singers - Fri 27 Aug 2021
When: Friday 27 August, 7.00PM - 9.00PM

Join us for a night with the award winning A Capella group The Baden St Singers as they take you on a journey through time with their amazing rendition of your favourite tunes.

Fees: $26
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, All community, 
Baden DRPAC Facebook event cover Jul-Sept4.jpg
Comedy Gold 2021 - Sat 28 Aug 2021
When: Saturday 28 August, 7.30PM - 9.30PM

One of the funniest touring Comedy Shows going around Australia "Comedy Gold" is back and this year the lineup is filled with Australia's most diverse, funniest, newest and most recognizable Stand Up Comedians.

Fees: $16 - $22
Suitable for: Adults, Teenagers, 
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GIRLPOWER - Sat 4 Sep 2021
When: Saturday 4 September, 7.30PM - 9.30PM

‘Spice up your Life’ and ‘Say You’ll Be There’ to enjoy this tribute to the Girls of the 90's.

There is even going to be a LED dance floor to dance the night away!

Fees: $13 - $35
Suitable for: Adults, Children, Families, All community, 
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Morning Melodies - West Coast Chordsmen - Wed 8 Sep 2021
When: Wednesday 8 September, 11.00AM - 12.00PM

The West Coast Chordsmen are back to entertain us once more, singing a broad repertoire of songs in ringing four part A Capella harmony.

Fees: $16 +TF
Suitable for: Seniors, All community, 
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GosTalks Parenting Seminar: Building Courage and Resilience in Children - Thu 9 Sep 2021
When: Thursday 9 September, 6.30PM - 8.30PM

Free parenting event - How to help your children navigate anxiety and find their 'brave'

Fees: Free, bookings required.
Suitable for: Adults, Carers, 
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Sunday Sounds - Broadway Swing - Sun 19 Sep 2021
When: Sunday 19 September, 2.00PM - 4.00PM

Join Chris Ross and his amazing band for a session of swing from the 40’s and 50’s, instantly recognisable songs that have stood the test of time.

Fees: $18 - $35
Suitable for: Adults, Seniors, 
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