THE TRIALS OF OZ.
THE TRIALS OF OZ.

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THE TRIALS OF OZ.

A large poster designed by Martin Sharp for the Anderson Theatre's production of the play of the Oz trial, December 1972. Printed offset litho in coloured inks on white paper (Scoop Printing Co. Inc.). 104x68.4cm.


The play was written by Geoffrey Robertson, based on transcripts of the trial, and directed by fellow Australian, Jim Sharman, with music by Buzzy Linhart added for this production, along with a song each from John Lennon/Yoko Ono ('God Save Us') and Mick Jagger ('Schoolboy Blues', ie. 'Cocksucker Blues'). Felix Dennis travelled to New York to help promote the show, which opened on December 19th, received mixed reviews and ran for only fifteen performances over a two-week period, though Buzzy Linhart believed it would have been a hit if it had continued for longer and received the promised glowing three-page review in Rolling Stone.


Sharp's oversize poster announcing the show is extremely rare, since the print run was likely to have been small, and it was almost certainly never offered for sale. The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale holds a copy in their Richard Neville Papers collection, and the V&A Museum's Felix Dennis OZ Archive contains another, but no further institutionally held copies can be found, and this cataloguer knows of only two copies in private collections. This example has had some edge tears repaired by a professional conservator; telephone number in black ink to lower section (present in all known copies); faint discolouration to sections of the border and minor creasing to the extremities, with a little soiling to verso; the central image is clean and bright, and overall the poster presents extremely well. Provenance: The Felix Dennis Estate.

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