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THE SORL├ĆE

SHOW

In the Sydney Daily Mirroi of August 26 last, writing ii his column "Yesterday," wei known scribe. Jim Donald says: "The recent passing o: veteran Australian actor George Cross, reminds us tha! death has lowered the curtair on a number of old profession- als during the past year. O' these, George Sorlie and Ron- nie Testro were best known t< the writer. Each was a giftec performer, who added lustre U Australian vaudeville. Sorlie

known affectionately as "Thc Rajah," was not Australia! born, but there was never s native son more closely identi- fied with variety entertain- ment in this country. For man; years he reigned supreme as a star singer of lightly senti- mental ditties of the "Lily ol Laguna" and "My Blue Heaven" order of vocal num- bers. Later, when he took tc the road with his own tent show he became the legitimate successor to Phillip Lytton as a king of caravan and canvas top entertainment, in the bush and big country towns the Sorlie Show bore the hallmark of good value. In this respect the "Rajah" was ably seconded by the loyalty, unflagging in- dustry and unerring business acumen of his wife, Grace Sorlie. No showmen ever had a more capable and devoted life partner. In and away from the profession George was a fine trouper and a sterling citizen."

It will be great news to country folk to learn that the famous Sortie Show is to carry on, for Mrs Grace Sorlie feels that she should continue to provide the first-class enter- tainment which the genial George so proudly purveyed. In forming her company she has joined in partnership with Australia's most popular com- edian, and one who needs no introduction to the theatre- goers of country centres Bobby Le Brun. Bobby started his career under the manage- ment of George Sorlie and will be happy and proud to take over the reins where his old friend left off.

The Sorlie Show will open in Rockhampton on June 14 next,

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