Small Faces musical All or Nothing extends, full cast announced

29 Mar
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Press Releases
The Small Faces musical premieres at The Vaults

Due to phenomenal public demand, ALL OR NOTHING, the Mod Musical, is extending its run at The Vaults Theatre, London.  The show, which opens on 31 March 2016, will now run for an extra three weeks, closing on 21 May 2016.  The show is written by Carol Harrison, an award-winning actress, and is directed by BAFTA winner Tony McHale.

Carol Harrison said of the extension:

“I am thrilled by the reception that ALL OR NOTHING has found.  We offer a great night out, a fully live band and, of course, a moving story.  This show has been my life for the last couple of years and it means so much to me personally to have had such strong backing from the theatre-going public.”

Producer Charles Ledigo added: “We always believed that ALL OR NOTHING was a special show and that we would find an audience.  We have been delighted that this has proved to be such a hot ticket and, of course, to be extending by the full three weeks available.”

ALL OR NOTHING tells the exciting, poignant, and bittersweet tale of Kenney Jones, Ian McLagan, Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriott; four charismatic young kids from East London with humour, attitude, passion and above all talent. The Small Faces were rocketed into the big time only to discover the path to fantastic success is heaving with exploitation, corruption, betrayal and ultimately tragedy.

ALL OR NOTHING celebrates the unique sound of the iconic Mod band.  The musical is packed full of all the timeless hits, including the brilliant Whatcha Gonna Do About It, Tin Soldier, Lazy Sunday, Here Comes the Nice, Itchycoo Park and of course All or Nothing.

The Small Faces journey in the music business is as vivid and colourful as their sound. And theirs is a legacy which lives on – raw and soulful music which 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.

In 1964, a new phenomenon exploded on to the dingy British streets. It was the essence of all that was cool. It was Mod. Mods stuck two fingers up at the class-ridden society and its dull redundant culture. They were working-class free spirits who rode sexy streamlined Italian Vespas or Lambrettas.

The sharpest Mod of all was known as a ‘face’. The Small Faces encapsulated all that is Mod, a unique blend of taste and testosterone, neat, clothes obsessed, and streetwise. But these cult sophisticates shared another passion, their dedication to ‘Rhythm and Blues.’

The show is written by Carol Harrison, who also stars. She is an award-winning actress and writer, well known for her theatre and TV work.  Carol is probably best known as the exciting, fiery and passionate Louise Raymond in Eastenders.  The storyline between her and son-in-law Grant Mitchell gripped the nation and it was for this storyline that Eastenders won the BAFTA for ”Best Soap” for the first time. For seven years, she played the incorrigible Gloria in the popular series Brushstrokes, and also starred opposite Ray Winstone as sassy Loretta in the comedy series Get Back. She also starred as Dorothy in two series of London’s Burning. Her latest TV movie Martha, Jac a Sianco for S4C won six BAFTA awards.

ALL OR NOTHING is directed by BAFTA winner Tony McHale, a renowned writer and director for television, with hundreds of hours of screen credits to his name. These include Murphy’s Law, Waking the Dead, Silent Witness, Dangerfield, Eastenders, Boon as well as his own international award-winning five hour television thriller made by London Films for the BBC, Resort to Murder, winner of the Cologne Film and Television Festival.  He co-created the BBC hospital drama Holby City for which he won a BAFTA for Best Continuing Drama and was until recently the programme’s Executive Producer and Series Consultant.

The 176-seat Vaults Theatre is part of The Vaults – a multi-disciplinary arts space buried deep in the tunnels underneath Waterloo station.  The Vaults looks for new work and theatre companies that push the boundaries, are brave, exciting and challenging.

The cast of 15 is headed by Carol Harrison as Kay Marriot, Chris Simmons as Steve Marriot, Joshua Dowen as Ronnie, Drew Levi-Huntsman as Kenney Jones, Josh Maddison as Mac and Mark Newham as Young Steve, with Russell Floyd as Don Arden and Joseph Peters as Jimmy Winters.