'It was like being transported back in time, like being there the first time' - Val Weedon - Small Faces Fan Club
'As far as tribute bands go, they're better than anything I've seen before... Awesome' - John Hellier - Author of Steve Marriott biography 'All Too Beautiful'
'For those of you that never saw the Small Faces live, this is as close as you're gonna get' - Stan Lane - Brother of Ronnie LanePLAYBOX THEATRE COMPLETE MUSIC FOCUS TRILOGY WITH CLASSIC 1960S ALBUM FOR 2008 OXJAM EVENT OGDENS' NUT GONE FLAKE BY THE SMALL FACES STAGED AS NEW MUSIC-THEATRE PRODUCTION, Warwick, 21st April 2008
Playbox Theatre in 2006 staged a new production of Michael Pinchbeck's surreal play The White Album based on events in, around and inspired by The Beatles album 1968 (known as The White). It was a huge success in both the UK and USA where it played the famous Santa Monica Playhouse.
Playbox Theatre is determined to effect young people's lives and aspirations. Each year the company partner Oxfam's Oxjam Music Festival to raise funds for the children worldwide in distress, poverty and dire conditions. An unusual live-stage event based on classic and inspirational albums has been the plan 2006-2008 with The White Album, being followed by Pink Floyd's The Wall with live band Breathe and over 40 young people recreating the epoch's most revered concept album in a two-hour stage show.
To complete this trilogy of works in 2008 and to take a different direction, Playbox Theatre will stage Ogden's Nut Gone Flake – The Small Faces 1968 concept album – as a show for all the family telling of Happiness Stan and his quest to discover the missing half of the moon. With live music from The Small Fakers – the UK's only facsimile Small Faces band, actors, dancers, movement animations and puppeteers from Playbox and a guest narrator (t.b.a.) – the event promises to be unique and it is hoped to raise a substantial amount for Oxjam from the show. Ogden's Nut Gone Flake will premiere on Thursday 20th November with subsequent performances Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd November at The Dream Factory, Warwick.
Director will be Stewart McGill, director of The White Album and The Wall. Production consultants are John Hellier editor of The Small Faces Darlings of Whapping Wharf and Mark Cunningham editor of Total Production International who will provide essential production
and biographical support to the creative team.The Small Fakers will play Ogden's album live each night with an extra set featuring hits of The Small Faces including Itchycoo Park, Tin Soldier, All For Nothing etc.