On Monday night my boyfriend and I attended ‘All Or Nothing- The MOD Musical’ which is the musical about the 60’s band, The Small Faces. I went in completely blind, not knowing any of the songs, cast members or plot. My boyfriend, however, is a big fan of the band and the MOD movement in general- making him the perfect companion to the Theatre Royal. With my love of musical theatre and his love of 60’s music, we made the perfect critiques.
No spoiler alerts here BTW. The storyline was a pretty basic biopic of the life and deaths of the band The Small Faces. You see them from a young age starting out to where they departed. There are two actors playing Steve Marriot, one past (when he was alive) and one present, narrating the story from the afterlife. Older Steve was very engaging to the audience and broke the fourth wall constantly and also appeared in the private boxes of the theatre. In the interval, I turned to Jake and said ‘he’s breaking the fourth wall so much but it’s one of those pieces of theatre where you forget you’re watching something live‘ I mean this in the best way possible, as it was executed so well you forget they’re real people up there.
Along the way, you meet many other characters including Sonny and Cher, Dusty Springfield, Rod Stewart and PP Arnold ALL of which were superb. One thing about this show I have to note is that everyone, in my opinion, was equal in talent. No one stood out to me being slightly behind anyone else, which is strangely common in touring productions (especially ones with soap stars)
I’m ashamed to admit, I’m not usually blown away by male vocals. I think it’s because I spend hours watching female singers on YouTube and I’m so just so infatuated with the skill in the female voice. Saying this, however, I was so impressed by the voice of Samuel Pope who played Steven and he was so perfect for the role. His voice had the control and technique of a trained musical theatre singer with the edge and power of someone who belongs in a 60’s boy band!
There was one cast member, Sophia Behn, who multi-rolled with Cher, Dusty and Jenny. Her voice was really angelic and beautiful– a very talented young lady. Also, Melissa Brown-Taylor who played PP Arnold showcased her voice perfectly with songs that displayed her delicate vocals and then her powerful belt.
Now I’m not much of a dancer myself so I feel like I can’t give much of an in-depth review. What I can say is that the creative team clearly put a lot of thought into where exactly the dancers should be placed. In a boy band setting, female dancing doesn’t quite work but in this instance, it does. The movements were very true to the time and I feel the 3 female dancers embodied the 60’s characters perfectly. They gave very professional and technically accurate performances and I really enjoyed watching them.
As well as being skilled actors and incredible vocalists, the boy band members were also playing their own instruments and not miming. This impressed me so much and it really enriched the whole experience for me, as I wasn’t distracted by dodgy air guitar vibes. It added a whole new feel to the show and really displayed their talents.
Wether you’re a musical theatre fan, singer, MOD, musician or even none of the above- this show is for you. There are funny moments, sad moments, inspiring moments and moments of pure talent. Trot on down to the Theatre Royal in Brighton, grab a pint and enjoy. You can buy tickets here for £20.
I was kindly inivited to watch All Or Nothing by ATG Tickets. Thank you so much for having me. All opinions are my own, no affliliate links.