The Mod Musical

Carol Harrison

Carol Harrison

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Worthing gets an early look at All or Nothing: The Mod Musical, a brand-end show about The Small Faces.

The show comes from the pen of Carol Harrison who played Tiff’s mum Louise in EastEnders and also had a long-running role in Brushstrokes.

“We have already done a rehearsed reading, and we did some excerpts last year on the beach in Brighton. But this is now the first time we have done the full performance.”

Carol is hoping big things will flow from the showcase outing at Worthing’s Pavilion Theatre on September 13 and 14.

“The musical is my baby,” says Carol. “I am a well-known actress and writer, but I had never written a musical before. I wanted to consolidate my love of theatre and this type of musical, which is very close to my heart.

“The band that inspired it are the Small Faces with their incredible rise and their implosion. It’s a rock ‘n’ roll story. It’s very funny, but it is also laced with tragedy.

“I knew Steve Marriott (1947-1991, Small Faces frontman) when I was nine. He was amazing. He was just incredibly charismatic and talented. His voice went all over the world. He was just brilliant.

“About five years ago, I started writing this musical because I knew that there was a gap in the market for something about mods. There has never been anything in the theatre about mods apart from Quadrophenia. I think the mods was a very, very special time.

“I always think once a mod, always a mod. Being a mod is about your style and about your attitude. It’s very much about the time and the ethos. It is very much about the clothes and the style and just being very, very stylish, and I just decided to write about it all.”

The show will include Small Faces hits including Whatcha Gonna Do About It, All or Nothing, Tin Soldier, Lazy Sunday and Itchycoo Park in the poignant, bittersweet tale of four charismatic young kids whose humour, attitude, passion and talent rocket them into the big time only to discover the path to success was strewn with exploitation, corruption, betrayal and ultimately tragedy.

“The Small Faces story is the stuff of rock ‘n’ roll legend. Their rollercoaster journey in the music business is as vivid and colourful as their music. Their raw, soulful sound inspired a whole new generation of musicians, not to mention millions of fans.

“The story is like British Jersey Boys but cooler than that. It’s quite edgy. It is not fluffy petticoats ’60s. It’s how the ’60s were with all that was happening and all the excitement that was going on.

“It’s the story of a rock ‘n’ roll icon of the time.”

The show is supported by a host of rock legends including Roger Daltrey, Ronnie Wood, Paul Young, Chris Farlowe, Kenney Jones and Paul Weller.

Worthing’s special showcase performance will feature The Small Fakers, plus live performances from Chris Farlowe and the Norman Beaker Band, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, P P Arnold and special guest Mollie Marriott, daughter of Steve Marriott.

The showcase will also feature an exclusive VIP party with a host of celebrities and the first-ever UK screening of a digitally-remastered Quadrophenia, with a remastered original soundtrack by Pete Townshend in surround sound.

There will also be a mod and rock memorabilia auction with proceeds going to Help For Heroes and Brighton Charity Riders. The show will go out on tour in the UK next year. More details on www.allornothingthemusical.com or www.facebook/allornothingamusical.