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Nimrod / Martin Sharp
Bib ID 7130450
Format PicturePicture [still image, text, sheet]
Author
Sharp, Martin, 1942-2013, creator
 
Description [Sydney] : [Nimrod Theatre Company], 1982 
©1982 
1 poster : colour ; 90.8 x 58.2 cm 
Summary

Poster created by Martin Sharp for the Nimrod Theatre, Sydney. Features a bearded face in black, white, red and yellow with the title appearing in red lettering at the lower edge. The image is numbered, dated 2.12.82 and signed in black fibre-tipped pen, lower edge.

Biography/History

"During the 1970s and 1980s Sharp was commissioned to design posters for Sydney's Nimrod Theatre. The latter, founded in 1970 by John Bell, Richard Wherrett and Ken Horler acquired a reputation during the 1970s as a home for exciting and innovative drama by a new generation of Australian playwrights. First published individually during this period, this poster and six others were reprinted as a set in 1982 as a fund-raiser for the theatre. Six of the posters were designed to promote productions, while another was created to mark the 10th anniversary of Nimrod's establishment as a theatre. For this 1982 (second) edition of the posters, new stencils were made and the posters were printed on higher quality paper than the original print run. Sharp also created sets and costumes for a number of Nimrod productions but is best known for the posters he produced. In this poster 'Young Mo, Nimrod' originally designed to promote the play 'Young Mo' by Steve J Spears (1977), directed by Richard Wherrett, Sharp has combined the features of lead actor Garry McDonald with those of 'Mo' - the subject of his role in the play as Roy Rene (Mo MacCackie). The image became more widely known, following its adoption as Nimrod's 'official face'. Mo and Roy Rene were stage names used by comedian Henry van der Sluys (1892-1954). During 1916-25 in a vaudeville duo 'Stiffy and Mo' with Nat Phillips (1883-1932), Henry van der Sluys adopted a white face and painted black beard; also starring in a popular 1940s Australian radio series 'McCackie Mansions'."--Art Gallery NSW website, viewed 28 July 2016, http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/223.2014/

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National Library of Australia's copy 591 of 1000.

Subjects Nimrod Theatre Company -- Posters.  |  Theaters -- New South Wales -- Sydney -- Posters.  |  Performing arts -- New South Wales -- Sydney -- 20th century -- Posters.  |  Posters, Australian.  |  Australia -- Posters.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Nimrod Theatre Company, issuing body
Also Titled

Young Mo

Mo

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