TERRORBYTE Dracula’s, Broadbeach: An exciting new era is upon Dracula’s, with a fresh show. 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 Australia 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. 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 THE UNINVITED Tugun Theatre Company: Seeking to escape the demands of life in London, Pam Fitzgerald and her brother, Roddy, an aspiring playwright, discover a charming house in the west of England, overlooking the Irish Sea. The house, Cliff End, has long been empty, and they are able to purchase it at a suspiciously low price from crusty Commander Brooke, the village curmudgeon. The reason is soon apparent: The house has an unsavoury reputation. For bookings call 0449 788 486 or go to tuguntheatre.org SHORT + SWEET THEATRE The Arts Centre: The biggest little play festival is back. Entering its ninth year in South East Queensland, Short + Sweet returns to The Arts Centre Gold Coast to present more than 30 new performance works by local artists. A festival like no other, expect any night to turn from grisly drama to outlandish comedy to sultry song as audience members are rocketed along a rollercoaster ride of dramatic pursuits. See up to 10 plays at once, each less than 10 minutes long, then vote for your favourite to send them through to the Gala Finals. Launch night tonight with shows running throughout until August 19. Tickets $25 – $30. Book online at theartscentregc.com.au SHORT + SWEET CABARET The Arts Centre: On Saturday nights during the Short + Sweet Festival stay up late for a line-up of sexy, funny, surprising and unpredictable cabaret. Expect the night to turn from sultry song to cheeky comedy and even some bold burlesque – each act less than 10 minutes long. See the whole line-up, then vote for your favourite to send them through to the Gala Finals. A lot can happen in 10 minutes – especially when the drinks are chilled and the microphone is loud. Tickets $25 – $30. Book online at theartscentregc.com.au
JOSH PYKE Miami Marketta: Australian folk singer Josh Pyke drops into Miami Marketta on his 10 Years of Memories and Dust tour, with two sets celebrating his illustrious career. Supported by Byron Bay musician Kyle Lionhart. Doors open 6pm. Tickets $51 available from Oztix or on the door if not sold out. 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.
CHOCOLATE STRINGS NightQuarter: As a motley orchestra of eight Chocolate Strings possess the pulse of afrobeat with a score built on soul, funk and ragga-fied melodies. Made by music lovers for music lovers. Doors open 4pm. Entry $3. MICHAEL HICKEY Watermark Hotel & Spa Gold Coast: Singer and guitarist with a passion for performing plays music in the vein of The Script, John Mayer, Matchbox 20, Keane and Coldplay from 6.30pm. Free entry. ENGINE ROOM Ramada Hotel Hope Harbour: Welcome the weekend with Glenn Thomas on keyboard and vocals and Mark Bergman on guitar. Starts at 6pm. Free entry. THE BANDERAS BAND Burleigh Heads Bowls Club: Australian country rock band perform original music from 7.30pm. Free entry. KULAZ Currumbin RSL: Pop, reggae, soca, ballads, calypso and dance with a Caribbean twist. Starts at 7pm. Free entry. THE ELLIOTTS Miami Marketta: The Elliotts have been referred to as a post millennium Hollies by Bud Scooper of US Rolling Stone. With Robbie Elliott on lead guitar, James Howlett on rhythm, Daine Clyde on drums and all three on vocals, they provide easy listening indie pop/rock tunes. Doors open 5pm. Free entry. TRAPDOOR Elsewhere: Trapdoor are in full swing with another filthy single, Show Me Your Love, for you to sink your teeth into. Local support acts Kazual Tea and Die For Mushies kick off the night. Doors open 8pm. Entry from $10.