The critically-acclaimed new musical All Or Nothing tells the electrifying yet bittersweet tale of four charismatic young kids from East London with humour, attitude, passion and talent who became The Small Faces.
Written by the award-winning actress Carol Harrison, and directed by BAFTA winner Tony McHale, All Or Nothing tells the story of Kenny Jones, Ian McLagan, Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriot, who were rocketed into the big time only to discover the path to fantastic success is paved with expoitation, betrayal and ultimately tragedy.
The production – which comes to the Opera House, Manchester in October following a hit summer season at The Vaults in London, is packed with 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.
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 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 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.
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 Tim Edwards as Young Steve, with Russell Floyd as Don Arden and Joseph Peters as Jimmy Winters
Writer Carol Harrison, who also stars, 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 show is endorsed and supported by many of those who feature in its story, including singer P.P. Arnold and Steve Marriott’s daughter Mollie Marriott, who is the show’s vocal coach.
“All Or Nothing has enough wit and vim about it to keep a smile on your face even on the Lambretta ride home”. The Times
Book now at www.atgtickets.com/Manchester or by calling the box office on 0844 871 3018.
All Or Nothing – Opera House, Manchester
Tuesday 18 to Saturday 22 September
Perf Times: Tue – Sat eves 7.30pm. Sat mat 2.30pm
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