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HELLO, GOOD­BYE AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY The Arts Cen­tre: Hello, Good­bye & Happy Birthday cel­e­brates two epic birth­days – 18 and 80 – ma­jor tran­si­tion points in adult life. One rep­re­sents un­told po­ten­tial and op­por­tu­nity; the other a life­time of ex­pe­ri­ences, as­pi­ra­tions, fears and mem­o­ries. Scripted from in­ti­mate real-life con­ver­sa­tions with peo­ple ei­ther side of th­ese mile­stones, Hello, Good­bye & Happy Birthday is a beau­ti­fully warm and hu­man show from Roslyn Oades and col­lab­o­ra­tors. Plays tonight, to­mor­row and Satur­day. Tick­ets $22.50 – $35. See thearts­cen­tregc.com.au for more info. DRACULA The Arts Cen­tre: Cre­ated and adapted by Shake & Stir The­atre Co, the gothic hor­ror story swoops the coun­try in a grip­ping, crit­i­cally-ac­claimed pro­duc­tion. When young lawyer Jonathan Harker vis­its Cas­tle Dracula deep within the Carpathian Moun­tains, he’s not ex­pect­ing the strange hos­pi­tal­ity he re­ceives from his mys­te­ri­ous host. Alone and trapped within the cas­tle walls, Jonathan dis­cov­ers that Dracula wants more than his pres­ence at the din­ner ta­ble – he might also be the main course. Leav­ing Jonathan for dead and his cas­tle be­hind, Dracula trav­els to Lon­don on a quest for se­duc­tion, true love and above all – blood. Tues­day 7.30pm and Wed­nes­day 11am only. Tick­ets $27 – $56. See thearts­cen­tregc.com.au for more info. TERRORBYTE Dracula’s, Broad­beach: An ex­cit­ing new era is upon Dracula’s, with a fresh show start­ing. Pre­pare for the hyp­not­i­cally cap­ti­vat­ing Terrorbyte. The eter­nally damned present a spine-tin­gling vaude­ville world that is brash, en­er­getic and de­light­fully trashy as vam­pires re­claim their ca­chet. Star­ring Richard Pa­cionic, Rudi Testa, Amanda Conti, David Kume, Inia De­war, Dan­nielle Glanville and Ben Win­stan­ley. Din­ner and show Tues­days to Satur­days. Ar­rivals from 6.30pm. De­tails at drac­u­las.com.au SALUTE TO THE LIGHT HORSE Out­back Spec­tac­u­lar: Sad­dle up for a re­mark­able jour­ney to the snow-capped moun­tains of the high coun­try where leg­endary yarns come alive and one of Australia’s most stir­ring true sto­ries is re­born as Aus­tralian Out­back Spec­tac­u­lar com­mem­o­rates the Cen­te­nary of the An­zacs and the he­roes of the leg­endary Aus­tralian Light Horse. Tick­ets from $69.99. Go to out­back­spec­tac­u­lar.com.au AUSTRALIA DAY Tweed The­atre Com­pany Inc: The coun­try town of Co­ri­ole’s Aus­tralian Day Com­mit­tee is gear­ing up to put on the town’s big­gest party – but they have a few is­sues of their own to sort out first. Noth­ing is sa­cred as the na­tional iden­tity is put through the ringer in this thor­oughly mod­ern com­edy. Opens to­mor­row, book on­line at tweedthe­atre.com.au BILLY LIAR Javeen­bah The­atre Com­pany: Set in the early 1960s, Billy Liar is un­avoid­ably a play of its time. Yet, it’s also a play for our time, de­pict­ing the hy­per­ac­tive imag­i­na­tion of a young man who is prone to in­vent­ing and telling lies to avoid his hum­drum North­ern fam­ily and job as a clerk in a fu­neral home. He dreams of life in the big city as a scriptwriter to “Danny Boon”, yet in re­al­ity his lies have got him en­gaged to three dif­fer­ent girls. For Billy, an en­er­getic mind makes his life tol­er­a­ble but well-nigh in­tol­er­a­ble for all around him. Billy Liar is black com­edy at its best, and who could for­get the 1963 film star­ring Tom Courte­nay and Julie Christie. Clos­ing night Satur­day. Book on­line at javeen­bah.org.au 9 TO 5 The Spot­light Theatri­cal Com­pany: Based on the 1980 com­edy film star­ring Dolly Par­ton, 9 to 5 is a mu­si­cal about love, re­venge and find­ing your­self. With a score penned en­tirely by Par­ton, it fol­lows Judy Bernly, a newly di­vorced woman who is hav­ing to tackle the work­force for the first time in her life. With the help of her new friends Vi­o­let and Do­ralee, the trio make a plan to fight for equal­ity and to over­come their heart­less boss. With catchy coun­try in­spired tunes, 9 to 5 is a feel good show that will leave you tap­ping your toes and ask­ing your­self: “What would Dolly do?” Tick­ets and info spot­lightthe­atre.com.au

TO­DAY

BRAVO BEETHOVEN The Arts Cen­tre: Learn the se­crets of Beethoven’s life and his gift in com­po­si­tion with David McNeven and ex­pe­ri­ence the beauty of Beethoven with mu­si­cians, Os­car Wong (pi­ano), Trio Cam­biare (pi­ano, vi­o­lin and cello), Gin­shi­rou Ueno (pi­ano) and Ross Bur­rell (pi­ano), ex­cep­tional young Gold Coast­ers ready to take on the world of mu­sic. Starts at 1pm. Free en­try, book­ings re­quired. A NIGHT AT THE OPERA De Vito Water­front: The Sing­ing Chef and tenor Raf­faele Pierno per­form Ital­ian duets and clas­sic show­stop­pers from 6pm. Book­ings es­sen­tial. ZOOKEEPERS South­port Sharks: Mod­ern jive live from 8.30pm. Free en­try.

TO­MOR­ROW

JAKE WHITTAKER BAND Steam­punk Surfers Par­adise: Jake’s sound has stir­rings of soul and funk that will guar­an­tee to quickly pull you into the funky, feel-good beats. Starts at 8.30pm. Free en­try, book­ings rec­om­mended. WALLFLOWER MEADOWS Mi­ami Mar­ketta: Eat and drink to the mu­si­cal stylings of Wallflower Meadows, one of the best ‘60s and ‘70s rock and groove cover groups in the area, rang­ing from The Bea­tles to Pink Floyd to San­tana. Sup­port from DJ Freddy Flyfingaz. Doors open 5pm. Free en­try. ZOOPHONIC BLONDE Cur­rumbin RSL: Fronted by leg­endary rock chic Chrissy Burke, and fea­tur­ing the tal­ents

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