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
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.
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