BWW Review: ALL OR NOTHING, Theatre Royal, Glasgow
All Or Nothing is the musical based on one of the most influential mod groups of the 1960's. Steve Marriott (played by Chris Simmons) lead singer of The Small Faces narrates the rise and ultimately, the downfall of the band that had huge success from 1965-1969.
All Or Nothing is a surprisingly detailed account of the band's history but it is consistently interesting as I knew very little about The Small Faces. The songs aren't shoehorned into the storyline and are instead performed in a gig setting with great energy. Some of the jokes are beyond corny and provoke good natured eye-rolling but there are a few laugh out loud moments such as "he's a proper mod- he's got a scooter!".
All Or Nothing is written and directed by Carol Harrison who also stars as Kay Marriott. While her character is a mildly amusing addition throughout the show as the nagging mother, it's at the end of Act 2 that she really excels. One of the most passionate and emotional scenes is between her and her adult son played by Simmons which brings a complete silence over the auditorium. Samuel Pope plays the young Steve Marriott which made some scenes a lot more poignant with both actors present.
While All Or Nothing feels like it has a little more depth than your typical jukebox musical, it ensures no-one goes home feeling hard done by as the cast finish with a medley that is guaranteed to get everybody on their feet.
All Or Nothing is at the Theatre Royal until Saturday 15th April.