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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

TONIGHT

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.

TO­MOR­ROW

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.

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