Musical is affectionate nod to Mod

All Or Nothing mod musical at the Congress Theatre SUS-160908-105121001
All Or Nothing mod musical at the Congress Theatre SUS-160908-105121001

They had the cool look and the incredible music and now a new production based on The Small Faces is coming to the Congress Theatre.

All Or Nothing - named after one of their iconic hit songs - will be performed from Monday September 5 to Wednesday September 7.

This musical recounts the rise and subsequent fall of the iconic 1960’s band that was once known as the London Beatles and which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

Featuring the music of the Small Faces, including an arsenal of brilliant hits Whatcha Gonna Do About It, All Or Nothing, Tin Soldier, Lazy Sunday, Here Comes The Nice and of course the seminal Itchycoo Park.

The Small Faces were an East End band who burst onto the music scene during the 1960’s bringing the new sound of American R&B but with a twist. They were around for only four years but they encapsulated an essence of that time which went onto inspire new generations of bands and music genres, Britpop simply wouldn’t have existed without them.

In 1964, a new phenomenon exploded onto 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 was Mod, a unique blend of taste and testosterone, clothes obsessed and street-wise. But these cult sophisticates shared another passion, their dedication to Rhythm ‘n’ Blues. This new ‘Mod’ Musical is a trans-generational musical experience celebrating the unique sound of the iconic Mod band.

The musical was written by Carol Harrison who is best known for her long-running role in EastEnders, playing the Louise Raymond who was the long suffering mother of Tiffany.

Carol actually made her acting debut in 1976, in the BBC police drama, Softly Softly. In 1980 she made her film debut, securing a minor role in The Elephant Man. She went on to appear in many successful television programmes including The Gentle Touch, Minder, Casualty, Kavanagh QC (1995) and A Touch of Frost.

One of her most notable and long running roles, was playing the part of Gloria in the popular BBC sitcom Brush Strokes

All or Nothing is at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, for this strictly limited run with nightly performances 7.30pm, tickets from £16 - £26, to book or for more information call the box office on 01323 412000 or