Tabula Rasa public reading, The Space, The Arts Centre Gold Coast: Set in the late ’80s when homosexuality was still illegal, Tabula Rasa is about human dissatisfaction, sexuality, drug addiction and family disputes. The storyline is gritty, honest and powerful with a few laughs along the way. Today at 4pm. Free entry. Animal Farm, The Arts Centre Gold Coast: After a highly successful season in Brisbane in 2011 produced in association with QPAC, Shake & Stir Theatre’s Matilda Award-winning adaptation of the George Orwell classic Animal Farm lands on the Gold Coast as part of a national tour. Orwell’s simple yet powerful fairytale shows how greed and absolute power can change the course of history. Stars Ross Balbuziente, Nelle Lee and Nick Skubij with Tim Dashwood and Bryan Probets. Plays Tuesday at 7.30pm and Wednesday at 11am. Tickets $42 to $48. Call 5588 4000 to book. Macbeth, Gold Coast Little Theatre, Southport: Stuart Lumsden directs this season of the William Shakespeare play – with a twist. Also stars Tara Page as Lady Macbeth, Jimmy Odenbreit as Banquo, James Anderson as Macduff, Patrick Monteath as Malcolm, Hugh Brophy as Duncan, Noel Thompson as Ross and Jack Harbour as Lennox. Plays Thursdays to Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm until May 11. Call 5532 2096 or visit gclt.com.au to book. Transfusion, Dracula’s, Broadbeach: Cabaret restaurant’s latest vampire variety melds acerbic comedy, burlesque and circus. Stars Richard Macionis and Big Brother’s Charne. Dinner/show Tuesdays to Saturdays. Arrivals from 6.30pm. Spirit of the Horse, Australian Outback Spectacular, Oxenford: A dinner and show spectacle with a cast of larger-than-life characters, incredible stunts, special effects, live music in the Aussie Bar and a three-course meal. Plays Tuesdays to Saturdays, with matinees on the last Sunday of each month. Doors open 6.15pm. Tickets from $79.99.
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