Celebrating mod phenomena
A little bit of Mod cool comes to life in the musical All Or Nothing.
Written by ex-EastEnders actress Carol Harrison, who also stars in it, the show tells the electrifying yet bittersweet tale of Kenney Jones, Ian McLagan, Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriott, four charismatic young kids from East London who became The Small Faces.
Lads with humour, attitude, passion and talent, they rocketed into the big time only to discover the path to fantastic success is paved with exploitation, betrayal and ultimately tragedy.
All Or Nothing celebrates the unique sound of the band and is packed with their timeless hits including Whatcha Gonna Do About It, Itchycoo Park and Lazy Sunday.
And their legacy lives on in a new generation of stars including The Jam, Oasis and The Arctic Monkeys.
Mod was a new phenomena that exploded onto the streets of Britain in 1964 as the essence of all that was cool. Sticking two fingers up at what they considered to be dull, Mods were working class boys who rode sexy streamlined Italian Vespas or Lambrettas. The sharpest mod of all was known as a ‘face’.
All Or Nothing extended its London run due to public demand and is now on tour. It arrives at the Alban Arena at 7.30pm on Thursday June 30. Tickets cost £22.50 - £25 and are available from the box office on 01727 844488 or online from www.alban-arena.co.uk
The musical stars Harrison as Kay Marriott, Chris Simmons as Steve Marriott, Mark Newnham as Young Steve, Joshua Dowen as Mac, Drew-Levi Huntsman as Kenney and Jospeh Peters as Jimmy Winston.
The show is endorsed by many who feature in its story and Steve Marriott’s daughter Mollie is the show’s vocal coach.