The award-winning Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts at Monash Clayton campus is a truly contemporary facility with three state-of-the-art live performance venues:
– The revitalised 561-seat Alexander Theatre
– The new 130-seat David Li Sound Gallery
– The new 176-seat fully flexible live music venue, The Count’s
The Alexander Theatre is its largest venue and a significant foundational building of Monash University. The refurbished theatre retains its original foundations and architectural ambitions. Its proscenium theatre is the first in Australia to install a Meyer Sound Constellation active acoustic system, which enables digitally adjusted acoustics to suit a wide range of performances.
The David Li Sound Gallery with its emphasis on intimacy and active acoustic system is ideal for a wide range of performances from chamber music through to experimental ensembles. It is complemented by The Count’s jazz club, a live music venue functioning as a cafe during the day and a fully catered venue at night. Opening to a generous outdoor terrace it has a capacity for up to 200 guests.
These venues herald a new era for the performing arts in Melbourne’s south-east by providing world-class facilities for international standard professional productions, students, and local community groups.
Take a tour led by Monash University Performing Arts Centres and Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design. This unique behind-the-scenes access will showcase the venue’s dynamic performance modes, treasured musical instruments, and include a live performance demonstrating the David Li Sound Gallery’s world-class active acoustic system. Visitors are encourage to also visit other Monash Clayton sites and make an afternoon of it!
Images: (1) Alexander Theatre fly tower clad with glass-reinforced concrete tiles. Photo: John Gollings. (2) The centre's main entry. Photo: James Thomas. (3) Architecture reflects on the Theatre's original modernist forms. Photo: John Gollings. (4) Sound gallery and landscape. Photo: John Gollings. (5) Performance in sound gallery. Photo: James Thomas. (6) Foyer and reception. Photo: John Gollings
Time & Date
Tours at 2 pm and 3pm
Running for 45 minutes in groups of 25 people.
Meet your tour guides in the building foyer, at 48 Exhibition Walk. The building entry is on the western side near the digital banner.
Accessible parking nearby
48 Exhibition Walk, Clayton, Monash University VIC 3800