A fleet of vintage scooters were spotted lining up outside the Belgrade Theatre to mark the opening night of mod musical All or Nothing, which is currently visiting Coventry as part of a UK tour. The ride out was staged by Coventry and Warwickshire’s All or Nothing Scooter Club, who are also named after the number one hit by The Small Faces.
Over 20 scooters and their owners took up position on Belgrade Square to celebrate the arrival of the mod musical, which features the music of the iconic mod band The Small Faces and tells the story of the band’s rise to fame as they experience the joys of success mixed with the dark side of the music industry.
In 1960s Britain, scooters like these represented the ultimate in mod cool and remain a symbol of the mod subculture today. The Coventry and Warwickshire All or Nothing Scooter Club has been riding this two-wheeled revolution for over 30 years and have come together to show off their variety of prized scooters in Belgrade Square as well as meeting the team behind this sensational show on its second UK tour.
Brian Forde, Chairman of the All or Nothing Scooter Club said, “When we heard the All or Nothing musical was coming to Coventry, we knew we wanted to get involved. We loved meeting the cast and are proud to be supporting this incredibly successful production here in our home city of Coventry. The All or Nothing Scooter Club has been going for over 30 years, which is nearly as long as the mod movement itself, and we hope to keep the spirit and style of mod culture alive!”
In addition to showing off their wheels, the scooter club also met and posed for photos alongside the cast and creative team of the production. This included Chris Simmons (Older Steve Marriott), Samuel Pope (Younger Steve Marriott), Stanton Wright (Ronnie Lane), Joseph Peters (Jimmy Winston), Stefan Edwards (Kenney Jones), Josh Maddison (Ian McLagan) and award-winning actress Carol Harrison who plays Kay Marriott as well as having written this hugely popular show.
Carol Harrison said “It’s a real honour to be able to bring the extraordinary world of The Small Faces back to the fans and to a brand new audience, young and old. Audiences have embraced the chance to enjoy a bit of mod nostalgia and the critics have all acknowledged the vivid underground vibe on stage as we bring the 60s scene into sharp focus.”
Carol is probably best known for her role as the exciting, fiery and passionate Louise Raymond in EastEnders. The storyline between her and son-in-law Grant Mitchell gripped the nation and it was for this storyline that EastEnders won the BAFTA for ”Best Soap” for the first time. Carol’s long-term friendship with Small Faces frontman, the late Steve Marriott, inspired her to write the musical which received critical acclaim and standing ovations when it opened at the Vaults Theatre in 2016.
All or Nothing runs on the Main Stage at the Belgrade Theatre until Sat 6 May. A limited number of tickets are still available by calling the Belgrade Box Office team on 024 7655 3055 or visit www.belgrade.co.uk.