A great little musical about sixties icons The Small Faces has been playing to sell out audiences at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, and is about to go on a nationwide tour this coming autumn. This excellent show was written by Carol Harrison a long term fan of the band and also a good friend of Steve Marriott, it tells of the highs and lows of a band which has tended to be overlooked by many, compared to their London contemporaries (and equals) the Kinks. This might be due to Steve’s collaboration with Peter Frampton and possibly because of the metamorphose into the “Faces” when they linked up with Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood. This show now puts the band right back where they belong – Centre Stage.
The list of great original songs is almost endless. Mostly written by Marriott with bassist Ronnie (Plonk) Lane, it includes many of their major hits like Lazy Sunday, Itchycoo Park, Tin Soldier and of course the showstopping title song “All Or Nothing”, together some finely crafted pieces from the bands concept masterpiece; “Ogdens Nut Gone Flake”. An album which itself was groundbreaking both in its musical content, it’s novel circular sleeve depicting a tin of tobacco, and an amusing narrative provided by comedian Stanley Unwin.
With its powerfully talented cast “All or nothing” will be coming to a theatre near to you very soon.
GO SEE IT – OK!