CLASSIC AUSSIE DRAMA: Olivia Kodette as Meg and Max Drummond as Tom in Gold Coast Little Theatre's production of Away, on now until June 29.
CLASSIC AUSSIE DRAMA: Olivia Kodette as Meg and Max Drummond as Tom in Gold Coast Little Theatre's production of Away, on now until June 29. Murray Rix

What's on: Gold Coast

LITTLE THEATRE CLASSIC

MICHAEL Gow's acclaimed play Away comes to life at the Gold Coast Little Theatre this month. It's summer on the Gold Coast, 1968.

Three conflicted families head to the beach for a much-needed holiday, each hoping to resolve their own crisis under the summer sun as a storm emerges. It's clever, moving and funny.

Stuart Lumsden has wanted to direct Away since he first read it in 1993 and performed an excerpt from it for his audition to earn his place in NIDA. He has put together a seasoned cast.

It's on at the Southport theatre until June 29, with performances Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7.30pm and Sunday matinees 2pm. Tickets adult $29, concession $24, member $23.

Go to gclt.com.au or phone 07 5532 2096.

DEAN COGLE RETROSPECTIVE

DEAN Cogle: Beyond Nostalgia is a display of 40 works by the local artist in the HOTA gallery foyer (The main gallery is closed in preparation for its move to a new home). Dean died last month, and the gallery described him as "part of our gallery family for more than 20 years through his graphic design, art installation skills; and of course, his art.

The exhibition Beyond Nostalgia is testament to how Dean's images captured the essence of the evolving Gold Coast".

He arrived on the Gold Coast 40 years ago from New Zealand and is known for his photo-realistic representations of the Coast from the 1950s-70s, such as that of Miami Ice.

The free display runs until June 30.

Phone 07 5588 4000.

GUITAR & CELLO

ECLECTIC New York-based Australian-US duo Boyd Meets Girl, consists of Rupert Boyd and Laura Metcalf, both of whom have previously played at Carnegie Hall.

They kick off their 2019 Australian tour with a performance in the Gold Coast hinterland at Springbrook.

Sponsored by Springbrook Gastronomic Society, they will perform a mix of Australian compositions and standard works on classical guitar and cello. Ticket options include recital only, recital with pre-performance nibbles, or recital, nibbles and interval main course, all catered by Greenwood Farm.

It's on Saturday, June 15 from 7pm at Springbrook Community Hall. Tickets are $45-$65.

Phone 0438 892 373 or go to boydmeetsgirlduo.com.

AUSSIE ROCK DOUBLE

CHISEL Revived and INEXCESS are doing two shows for the price of one at RSL Club Southport on Saturday, June 22 from 8pm. You will hear all the hits that made INXS famous with a six-piece-backing band, as well as the biggest hits from Cold Chisel and Jimmy Barnes' solo career. Cost is $20-$25 at the Scarborough St club.

Phone 07 5552 4200.

WALK FOR HOPE

THIS walk supports research and people living with pancreatic cancer. The inaugural Coast event is at the Damian Leeding Memorial Park on the banks of the Coomera River in Oxenford. You can walk or run the 5kms.

This year alone 3364 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and only 8.7% will survive past five years.

The walk for hope is on from 7am-12pm on Sunday, June 23.

Contact Elizabeth Andrew at Pancare Foundation on 1300 881 698 or go to pancarewalkforhope.com.au.

BEENLEIGH SESSION

OKAY, since 2008 it's no longer officially classed as Gold Coast, but having started in 1884, Beenleigh Artisan Rum Distillery is Australia's oldest registered distillery and well worth a look.

It offers over 130 years of tall stories, colourful characters and rich history and from 10am-5pm on the last Sunday of every month it welcomes guests to its Sunday Session.

Discover the site's rich history, enjoy live entertainment and food and drink - maybe even do a tour. Entry is free.

Go to beenleighrum.com.au.

MINIATURE TRAINS

THE Miniature Trains on the Coast, Model Train and Hobby Show is in its ninth year, with over 25 operational model train layouts displayed from 9am-3pm on Saturday, June 29 at Carrara Indoor Sports Stadium. There are also radio-controlled trucks and tanks, marine modellers, war gaming, plastic kit modelling, so this is serious adult stuff! But there's also LEGO® displays and bring the grand kids along for Thomas the Tank Engine and face-painting. Admission is $10 adults, $8 concession, $7 students (5-18 years) or $25 for a family.

Proceeds go to the construction of a new Model Railway Centre on the Gold Coast.

Phone 0408 887 766 or go to mktcgc.org.au.

GEM, CRAFT & JEWELLERY SHOW

ENJOY demonstrations of lapidary crafts, including silversmithing, stone polishing, carving and faceting.

There will also be rocks, gems and handcrafted one-off jewellery pieces for sale. It's from 8am-4pm on Saturday, June 29 at Gold Coast Lapidary Club, 80 Pacific Avenue, Miami. Cost is $5 adults.

Phone 0416 200 836 or go to goldcoastlapidaryclub.com.au/events/.

AIRPORT MARATHON

MORE than 28,000 participants of all ages and abilities from around the world take part in the eight races of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, including the marathon itself, Wheelchair Marathon, ASICS Half Marathon, Wheelchair 15 kilometres, fun run and junior dash events.

It all started back in September 1979, when the event was initiated by the Rotary Club of Surfers Paradise Central as part of a health awareness campaign for the Gold Coast.

Whether you want to run or just cheer the runners on by lining the streets from Runaway Bay to Burleigh Heads.

To find out more, go to goldcoastmarathon.com.au or phone 07 5668 9888.


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