ALL OR NOTHING – The MOD Musical based on the life and music of the SMALL FACES
Monday 1st – Wednesday 3rd May @ 7:30pm, matinee Wednesday 3rd May @ 2:30pm
Performances: Monday 1st May @ 7:30pm, Tuesday 2nd May @ 7:30pm,
Wednesday 3rd May @ 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Tickets Prices: Monday £22.50, Tuesday £24.50, Wednesday Matinee £21, Wednesday Evening £24.50. Cconcessions £1 off (f)
This exciting, poignant, and bittersweet tale is the stuff of Rock n Roll legend. The story of four charismatic young kids whose humour ‘attitude’ passion and, above all talent, rockets them into the ‘big time’; only to discover the path to fantastic success is heaving with exploitation, corruption, betrayal and ultimately tragedy. Their roller coaster journey in the music business is as vivid and colourful as their music. Their raw, soulful music inspired a whole new generation of stars including; Paul Weller and The Jam, Oasis, Blur, The Verve, Ocean Colour Scene, and The Arctic Monkeys. Not to mention millions of fans.
ALL OR NOTHING is an exciting, poignant, and bittersweet tale of Kenney Jones, Ian Mclagan, Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriot, four charismatic young kids whose humour, ‘attitude,’ passion and above all talent, rocketed them into the ‘big time’; only to discover the path to success is heaving with exploitation, corruption, betrayal and ultimately … tragedy. Soon after forming, the band are flying high. ‘All or nothing’ is at number 1 and the boys are living the millionaire lifestyle, complete with flash cars and the latest fashion in clothes, but of course the music was still at the heart of their climb of the fame ladder. But endless touring, being mobbed by screaming fans, gruelling schedules, pills and perpetual parties start to take their toll. Also, unbeknown to them, they are being ripped off ‘big time’ by their ruthless manager Don Arden, known in the business as the Al Capone of the music world. Even at the height of their success he still has them under contract for £20 per week.
Desperate to be allowed to play their own brand of raunchy raw R ’n’ B and to be taken seriously as musicians, the band try and persuade their management to let them deviate from the planned path, but Arden has other ideas and insists they stick to the more commercial pop sound. Dissolution gives way to anger, recriminations and finally fists fly. Eventually the band split with Arden, and find solace in drugs. They also find a new direction in their music – ‘Itchycoo Park’ and ‘Here comes the Nice.’ Their new record label allows them time in the studio to experiment, and they release the weird and wonderful concept album ‘Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake’ which receives rave reviews. The Small Faces are the hottest band on the planet making the best music of their career. Who could have imagined they were about to self-destruct?
Alexandra Palace New Years Eve 1968.
The band is on stage. They are sensational. The fans are going wild. The crowd scream for more. Steve Marriot slams his guitar to the floor and walks off stage. The Small Faces are over. THE SMALL FACES were together for only four years. But, like Mod culture itself; their sound has transcended its 60’s roots, leaving an enduring legacy of great R ‘n’ B classics. Their raw, soulful music inspiring a whole new generation of musicians, not to mention millions of fans … fans that will just love ALL OR NOTHING.
ALL OR NOTHING has excitement, humour, pathos and passion, a powerful narrative and a catalogue of brilliant hits. An utterly infectious hit parade – an unstoppable tidal wave of warm musical memories.