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The University of Western Australia boasts some of Australia's most distinctive and exciting venues:


The Octagon Theatre is a newly refurbished, intimate, thrust stage venue hosting opera, classical and popular music, dance, theatre, stand-up comedy and seminars.

With 683 tiered seats, versatility is the feature of the Octagon. The thrust stage can be increased 12 metres wide, or entirely remove, allowing an additional 53 seats. Removing half the stage reveals an orchestra pit.


The Dolphin Theatre although primarily used for University theatre productions, is available for commercial hire and among the notable acts that have played the Dolphin are Chamber Made Opera, William Yang and Lenny Henry.

The Dolphin has a fly tower and 198 tiered seats. A sprung dance floor makes the venue ideal for dance as well as intimate theatre productions. The Dolphin is equipped with in-house theatrical lighting and sound rigs and cyclorama. Dressing room facilities can accommodate a cast of 28.


The New Fortune Theatre is based on the layout of the original Fortune Playhouse (London, c. 1600), and is a fascinating venue for reproducing Shakespearean-era plays.

Located within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the theatre makes a unique setting for dance, drama and music. The Theatre is most suited to daylight performances at weekends and can seat up to 340 patrons on three levels around the stage.


The outdoor Somerville Auditorium was the brainchild of historian and foundation member of the Senate of the University of Western Australia, William Somerville.

In 1927, Somerville conceived the idea of a venue defined by a cathedral of Norfolk pine trees. Today the venue is best known for the Perth International Arts Festival's Lotterywest Film Season from November through to April each year.

With accommodation for 1000 patrons on deckchair-style seats as well as 200 grass seats, there is no better venue to enjoy a film on a warm Perth evening.


The Sunken Garden is an intimate amphitheatre with gardens, ponds and terraced lawns and is a beloved feature of the University's beautiful campus.

For most of the year the Sunken Garden is an idyllic retreat for staff, students and wedding functions.

The setting is in one of the most beautiful in Perth. By the Swan River in Matilda Bay and nearby Kings Park, UWA offers a stunning setting for all manner of events including wedding ceremonies, photographic sessions and filming.


The majestic Winthrop Hall is the jewel in the crown of The University of Western Australia.

Built in 1932, the cathedral-like venue welcomes patrons with a marble and mosaic foyer and vaulted ceilings. The auditorium with its splendid pipe organ combines stained glass windows and Aboriginal motifs on the ceiling

It seats 974 people in air-conditioned comfort.

Winthrop Hall's bright acoustic is ideal for choral and classical music with the added option of a more intimate recital mode of seating for 674.  It is also a superb venue for formal dinners and functions seating up to 400 people in a banquet mode.


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