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REVIEW – LEGEND! – ‘SLIPS’ CORDON – A SAFE PAIR OF HANDS

Photo: Katy Green Loughrey

‘Slips’ Cordon is the kind of old codger you love to loathe.  Onstage, he reinvents some of Australia’s greatest sporting and cultural legends with a haughty know-it-all pride that’s a winning mix of hilarity and farce.  If you think you know the history of the Sydney Opera House or the story of Simpson and his donkey, he’ll make you think again.

John Derum is convincing as the cantankerous grandfather who seldom draws breath.  Cordon looks like Don Bradman and rambles like Bob Hawke.  The stage could possibly be the first ever set of Don’s Party, transported through time into the Old Fitz Theatre.

Written by the cheeky Pat Sheil, who giggled his way through the show in the back row, and directed by Lex Marinos, Legend! – ‘Slips’ Cordon – A Safe Pair of Hands is equally fun and excessive.

It is the kind of theatre where your grandfather is the best plus one to take along (RG).

Until Feb 15, Old Fitz Theatre, 129 Dowling St, Woolloomooloo, $32-39, sitco.net.au

BY RHYS GARD

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