NEXT TO NORMAL Spotlight Theatre, Benowa: Contemporary family drama, about a woman’s struggle with mental illness and the effects of her illness on her family. Joshua McCann Thomas directs. Opens tomorrow. Plays Thursdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, matinees this Sunday and April 6 and 13 at 2pm. Visit spotlighttheatre.com.au to book. THE REMOVALISTS Gold Coast Little Theatre, Southport: Two police officers – one young and fresh, the other older and jaded by life – investigate claims of abuse against suburban wife Fiona by her working-class husband Kenny. David Williamson epic, set against the backdrop of the 1970s, explores feminism, chauvinism, violence, abuse of power and poses the question: Would you turn a blind eye? Patrick Montieth directs. Opens Saturday and plays Thursdays to Saturday until April 19, matinees this Sunday, April 6 and 13 at 2pm. Visit gclt.com.au to book. THE TREASURE OF CAPTAIN CURLYLOCKS Helensvale Community Centre: Sail off a journey inspired by the Captain’s whimsical treasures. Singer, songwriter and comic Nadia Sundae presents her Bleach* Festival hit for kids aged 3-8 years. Plays Saturday. Visit helensvaleculturalcentre.com to book. 12 ANGRY MEN Players Theatre, Ballina: A jury must decide the fate of a teenage male who is accused of murdering his father by stabbing him with a flick knife. Eleven jurors are convinced of his guilt, but one has doubts and sets about trying to swing the remaining jurors. Classic performed by the Ballina Players. Opens tomorrow. Shows Thursdays to Saturdays until April 12 at 7pm, matinee Sunday (March 30) at 1pm. Visit ballinaplayers.com.au to book. QUARTET Javeenbah Theatre, Nerang: Trio of retiree opera stars have planned a concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday. Will they invite the new nursing home resident, a former diva, to join them. Joan Stalker-Brown directs. Opens tonight. Shows Thursdays to Saturdays until April 5 at 8pm, 2pm matinee on Sunday. Tickets $15-26. ILLUSIONS Sanctuary Cove: Globe-trotting Oxenford showman and Australian Entertainer of the Year Matt Hollywood blends comedy, tricks and stunts as he unveils his latest illusions. Extended season continues until April 27. Tickets $39. Family, dinner, show deals. Friday to Sunday at 7pm, matinee Saturday at 4pm. SIN & TONIC Dracula’s, Broadbeach: The famed cabaret restaurant’s latest variety show melds Berlin burlesque, mischievous comedy, carnival novelty acts and a punchy songlist. Show for 18+ audiences. Stars Rudi Testa, Danielle Casson, Richard Macionis, Megan BarryCotter and a live band. Dinner and show Tuesdays to Saturdays. Arrivals from 6.30pm. SPIRIT OF THE HORSE Australian Outback Spectacular, Oxenford: Dinner and show with a cast of largerthan-life characters, big stunts, special effects and live music and a three-course meal. Plays Tuesdays to Saturdays with matinees on the last Sunday of the month. Doors open 6.15pm. Tickets from $79.99. NORTHERN RIVERS ORCHESTRA Tweed Heads Civic Centre: Memoirs concert celebrates 20 years of the NRSO. Conducted by Chen Yang. Show on Sunday at 1.30pm. GOLD COAST YOUTH ORCHESTRA Gold Coast Youth Orchestra Centre, Ashmore: March concert program with performances by the Little Big Band, Big Band, String Orchestra, Junior and Youth Symphony orchestras. Show on Sunday at 2pm. Tickets $7.
THE TROTSKIES The Loft: Melbourne indie five- BEC WHITEHEAD The Vault: Local songstress sings jazz, pop and soul. Nicole Parker-Brown warms up the stage for Jazz and Shiraz from 4pm, with Bec Whitehead from 7pm. Free entry. CAN YOU FEEL IT Jupiters Hotel & Casino: Featuring a live 20-piece band, two-hour show will have you reliving all the timeless hits of the Motown era. Tickets $59. MARK WILKINSON The Soundlounge: Australian singer-songwriter Mark Wilkinson showcases his lyrical depth and gift for melody. Show at 7.30pm. Tickets $25. BEN AMOR Burleigh Brewing Company: Friday Brew Jams at the Brewhouse Bar with Ben Amor. Free popcorn, BYO food and supervised kids welcome. Show 5pm-8.30pm. SARAH FRANK Cafe Urbia: Local songstress sings soul and blues. TRANCESSENTIAL Platinum Nightclub: With Dakovadea, Xactlythis, Taglo, Dan Burks and Binary Form on rotation. DAMIEN LEITH RSL Southport: Irish-Australian singer-songwriter Damien Leith plays live. Show at 8pm. Tickets $30-$35. MAX OLDING AND PAMELA PAGE The Arts Centre Gold Coast: Husband and wife are king and queen of the piano. They play a special concert for the Mason and Hamlin 2014 Concert Series: Tickets $15-$28. Show at 7.30pm. ANDY SKI & JDUB Cocktails Nightclub: Residents spin the latest commercial dance. BOOM CRASH OPERA Lonestar Tavern: Old-school rockers play their old-time hits. Tickets $25. GCRNB ALL STARS EAST: Catch the hottest R’n’B tracks with live video mixing for Creme Fridays. TSUN Elsewhere: Local psychedelic band Tsun play live with Sydney’s the Dark Hawks and the Midnight Ramblers. Tickets $15. MAD PERUVIANS Swingin’ Safari: Mad Peruvians present Friday Fiesta with salsa, reggae and funky Latin house. Salsa lessons from 7pm. Show at 8pm. Tickets $5. MONTY FRANKLIN The Arts Centre Gold Coast: Both funny and good-looking, Monty Franklin does live stand-up for Comedy in the Basement. Show at 8pm. Tickets $25. JORDAN MILLAR The Loft: Sydney acoustic musician performs live. Bree De Rome and Calan Mai support. Show at 8pm. $15 entry. MIKE WILL MADE IT Love Nightlife: American producer Mike Will Made It hits the decks. DJ Turhan supports. SOUL REFERENCE Southport Sharks: Live soul covers. Show at 8.30pm. Free entry. CHI CHI Currumbin RSL: Dynamic duo Chi Chi play party hits. Show at 7pm. Free entry.
SILK TRIO The Vault: Live band play rock‘n’roll, pop, jazz and Latino. Show at 7pm. CASSIDY WILSON TRIO Palazzo Versace: Live
Local Gold Coast band Midnight Antics will play the One WayTheFestivalMidnightin Surfers Antics Paradise on Saturday night. Band members (L-R) Evan Manttari, Grant Butler and Jarryd O'Brien at Burleigh Heads.