Scaramouche Jones

Colin Friels to hit HOTA stage in brilliant one-man show

Critically acclaimed Australian actor, Colin Friels, will star in British playwright Justin Butcher’s extraordinary one-man play, Scaramouche Jones, at HOTA from 30 October to 2 November.

Scaramouche Jones is the tale of an ancient clown who, after his last performance at 11pm on Millennium Eve, retires to his dressing room to wait alone for the stroke of midnight and his own centenary.

Audiences will watch as Scaramouche Jones reflects on the extraordinary fortunes of his life that span the furthest reaches of crumbling empires and the darkest episodes of the 20th century.

HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, said she is excited to be presenting such great Australian theatre.

“This is what live theatre is all about for me – superb storytelling in the hands of an incredible actor,” said Criena.

“As the extraordinary tale unfolds, you’ll find yourself actually in the circus with Scaramouche, witnessing every emotion and expression up close.”

Star of the one man show, Colin Friels, is known for his award-winning work in theatre, television and film and has received many accolades including a Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor.

“We are thrilled to welcome Colin to HOTA and to give audiences the opportunity to see him perform as we’ve never seen him before,” Criena said.

Audiences can also join Colin in a special high tea event on Friday 1 November. Colin will share stories from his incredible career on stage and screen; accompanied by sparkling wine and gourmet treats.

Scaramouche Jones will take place indoors at HOTA’s Outdoor Stage on the following dates and times:

Wednesday 30 October, 7.30pm
Thursday 31 October, 2pm
Friday 1 November, 7.30pm
Saturday 2 November, 2pm & 7.30pm

For more information, visit the HOTA website:

Holding Hands

‘Half of Aussie adults’ touched by suicide

More than 10 million adult Australians know someone who has taken their own life.

This toll will only climb unless more is done to support vulnerable people, Suicide Prevention Australia says.

It comes as an online survey of 1064 adults shows 56 per cent know someone who has committed suicide.

“We’re essentially talking about half the adult population being personally touched by suicide one way or another,” Suicide Prevention Australia’s chief executive Nieves Murray said.

More than two-thirds of those surveyed want all government decisions to take into account the risk of suicide and build in plans to mitigate the fallout.

“We’ve seen the rapid changes in technology, boom and bust economic cycles and natural disasters over the past decade that can rapidly send shock waves through the community and pose real risks to suicide rates,” Ms Murray said.

Young people aged 12 to 25 are considered to be at greatest risk of suicide in the next decade, the survey shows.

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UK TV channel approves Neighbours spinoff

Britain’s Channel 5 has greenlit a spinoff of the iconic Aussie soap Neighbours, which has been on the air in the UK since the mid-1980s.

The show launched the careers of Margot Robbie, Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan.

Neighbours: Erinsborough High will be a five-episode series that will play on My5, Channel 5’s on-demand service. The platform has been stocking up on Australian drama in recent times, buying shows such as Bloom from Sony and Pulse from ABC Commercial.

Fremantle will produce and distribute the Neighbours spinoff series.

The show will follow what goes on behind the school gates of Erinsborough High during exam period, with the disappearance of one of the Year 12 students sparking revelations.

The storyline will run in parallel to the linear show on Channel 5 and will feature well-known characters from the hit TV show as well as new faces.

RTL-owned producer and distributor Fremantle and Channel 5 sealed a new deal for the Aussie soap in 2017 after lengthy talks that had at one point threatened to see Neighbours taken off British screens after more than three decades.

The new agreement included a larger number of episodes per year as well as specials.


18yo charged with stabbing murder of teen in Gold Coast park

UPDATE @ 4.00PM: The man charged with the stabbing murder of a Gold Coast teen will remain behind bars.

Jarvis Farrier, 18, had his case briefly mentioned in Southport Magistrates Court this afternoon.

He’s accused of stabbing 17-year-old Harrison Geppert in the back at Varsity Lakes on Wednesday afternoon.

Farrier did not appear in court himself when his matter was mentioned.

His lawyer made no application for bail on his behalf and he was remanded in custody.

Farrier’s case will return to court in two weeks.

EARLIER @ 2.45PM: Police have now charged a man over the stabbing death of a teenager in a Gold Coast park.

Harrison Geppert, 17, was stabbed in the back at Frascott Park late on Wednesday afternoon.

Paramedics attempted to save the teen but he died at the scene.

An 18-year-old man handed himself into Police last night and has now been charged with the teen’s murder.

He is due to face Southport Magistrates Court this afternoon.

Police say he has refused to answer any questions during the interview process.

Detectives have spent the day scouring the park while they have also searched a home at Upper Coomera.

Officers were seen leaving the home with several bags of evidence.

Acting Detective Superintendent Brenden Smith says they are still searching for others involved in the altercation.

“We’ll be further alleging there were two vehicles in the street.

“We’re seeking anyone in that immediate vicinity who may have seen two strange vehicles where a group of males have got out of one vehicle and commenced to assault the deceased.

“Then the accused has got out of a second vehicle and stabbed him in the back while he’s being assaulted by the first group of males.”

Police say they are yet to retrieve the alleged murder weapon.

EARLIER @ 11.55 AM | Police have revealed they’re searching for up to eight other people following the stabbing death of a teenager on the Gold Coast.

Harrison Geppert, 17, was found with a stab wound to his back in Frascott Park at Varsity Lakes around 5.40pm on Wednesday.

Paramedics desperately worked to save the teen, who is the brother of former Hells Angels bikie Ben Geppert, however he couldn’t be revived and died at the scene.

Detectives have since revealed that they believe the youngster was attacked in a nearby street, before seeking shelter in the popular park.

“Up to 7 or 8 males were involved in some sort of altercation in the street, the age of the people involved are in their late teens,” Detective Acting Superintendent Brendan Smith, Regional Crime Coordinator for the South Eastern Police Region said at a press conference on Thursday.

The victim and his attacker were known to each other, with police confirming there is no ongoing threat to the public.

“Gold Coasters can be assured that it’s safe to continue on with their daily lives, they can take their dog for a walk…” Detective Inspector Smith said.

An 18-year-old man is continuing to assist police with inquiries after handing himself in to officers at Coomera Police Station last night.

Detective Inspector Smith said a fight over a past incident is believed to have been what sparked the fatal attack.

“Unfortunately it appears to be something as simple as two groups of youths arguing over a previous incident where one didn’t back up the other,” he said.

“I don’t think people today understand the consequences of their actions and it’s led to very tragic circumstances… I feel for the victim’s family.”

Detective Smith said police were confident that the seriousness of the event will sink home today.

“Any use of violence to resolve any sort of disagreement is unacceptable, it wont be tolerated, from the smallest assault to something as tragic as this, those responsible will face the full consequences of their actions,” he said.

Officers are still searching for the object used in the attack, which has been described as a “bladed weapon of some sort”, with police appealing for residents in the area to check their yards and outdoor bins.

Detectives are continuing to scour the park today, with searches at a number of other “addresses of interest” also ongoing.

Anyone with information is urged to come forward.

EARLIER @ September 5, 6.00 AM | An 18-year-old man has handed himself into police following the stabbing death of a teenager in a popular Gold Coast park.

Harrison Geppert, who has been identified as the younger brother of well-known former Hells Angel bikie Ben Geppert, was found with stab wounds to his back in Frascott Park at Varsity Lakes around 5.40pm on Wednesday.

Paramedics desperately worked to save the teen, but he died at the scene.

In a post on social media a short time later, Mr Geppert vowed to not rest until he makes the person responsible pay.

“Rest in paradise Harry Geppert I love you my little brother!” he wrote.

“I love you more then anything regardless of the things that have gone on in our family your still my blood and I promise I won’t rest till I have made this person pay!”

In another post, Geppert said he was “heartbroken” by the loss of his brother.

“Nothing compares to the feeling of losing my little brother,” he wrote.

“Harry you were a true Geppert, a soldier.

“Just know I was proud of you and I’m sorry I wasn’t there to stop this from happening.”

It’s not yet been confirmed what led to the stabbing attack, however it’s understood police are investigating a possible feud between the 17-year-old and a group of other teens.

The 18-year-old is currently assisting police with ongoing investigations.

EARLIER @ September 4, 8.45 PM | A 17-year-old boy is dead after being stabbed in a popular Gold Coast park.

Emergency Services were called to Frascott Park at Varsity Lakes at 5.40pm this afternoon after reports a boy had been assaulted in the dog park area.

The boy had suffered significant injuries to his back.

Paramedics attempted to save the teen but he died at the scene.

A crime scene has been established and the area has been cordoned off.

Officers have been doorknocking neighbours and questioning locals as they investigate the death.

Police are continuing a major manhunt this evening with Polair also called in to assist.

More to come.

Best cafés on the Coast, voted by you!

Café Society on the Gold Coast is about as popular as the nightlife or surf, but we want to find out where the BEST café to grab a good coffee is…according to you!

1029 Hot Tomato’s Galey, Mal and Moyra asked the question on-air and were inundated with listeners chiming in to defend their favourite coffee spot.

You spoke, so we listened! Here’s what’s made the list so far:

The Canungra Hub
32 Christie St, Canungra


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Raw Espresso
1/59-73 Meron St, Southport

Greenmount Kiosk
Corner of Marine Parade and Hill St, Coolangatta,

Helena’s Nerang
Shop 5/2-4 New St, Nerang

The Flying Bean
1696 Beechmont Rd, Beechmont


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Cafe 7
Shop 1 & 2/ 42, The Esplanade, Paradise Point

Seaway Kiosk 
Seaworld Dr, Main Beach

You can have a listen back here to see what some of our listeners said about these spots:

Like any Gold Coaster, we’re always looking for our next Sunday brunch spot, so let us know in the comments below who your local favourite is so we can go check it out!