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DATES - Saturday 30/01/10 TICKETS - £11adv + Booking Fee (More expensive on the door) DOORS - 19:00 LATEST ENTRY - 21:30 AGE RESTRICTION - 14+ 2008 marked the 40th anniversary of the Small Faces million selling album Ogden;s Nut Gone Flake, an audio masterpiece that should have seen their metamorphosis from 'Pop' band to rock gods. Instead the partially psychedelic concept album marked the apex of the band's achievements: Particularly in the eyes of the lead singer Steve Marriott. For the Small Faces it was all downhill from there and the band broke up at the bitter end of 1968. As a live work Ogden's has remained unperformed until this year when youth theater group playbox decided to take it on as the third in a series of ambitious 'Classic album; performances following The Beatles 'White Album' and Pink Floyd's 'The Wall.' In terms of advice and collaborations Playbox pulled out all the stops. Aurhors Mark Cunningham and John Hellier (of Small Faces fanzine 'Wapping Wharf") put them on to recently formed and so-far unique tribute act The Small Fakers. They also contacted John Unwin - Son of the album's gobbledegook narrator Stanley Unwin - to read his fathers part. John later told us that his dad developed his strange double-talk language while reading bedtime stories to his kids, but John and his sister would say "come on dad, tell it properly" without knowing that Stan would go on to make a living talking nonsense. Given the stability of eccentric Unwinese dialect to the storytelling part of the record, it came as something of a surprise to learn that Stan was actually second choice for album narrator, but Steve Marriott's boyhood idol Spike Milligan had turned them down. For those of you who've yet to explore the album - the first side (of the round-sleeved vinyl version at least) boasts some harder, rockier tracks than their early output including the exquisite 'Afterglow of your love' but also the hit single 'Lasy Sunday'. The second side is very different though. It tells - through both the song lyrics and the interspersed Unwinese narration - the psychedelic adventure of a character called Happiness Stan and his quest to find the missing half of the moon. I t should come as little suprise at this point to find out that naming and packaging of the record as a tobacco tin was inspired by their second favorite joint-building filler material of the time: Ogden's Nut Brown Flake tobacco. I caught the second of three consecutive shows at playbox's spiritual home, the dream Factory in Warwick, which is a purpose-built theater and dram school partly funded by the National Lottery. The 'Fakers' Opened proceedings with a short set of non-Ogden's numbers and to be honest I was blown away by the quality of the renditions. They've played mersea Island loW since forming in 2007 - and while I normally try to avoid bands on rallies of an evening - they are certainly worth catching. For the Ogdens performance they had to hurriedly add six new songs to their set, but you'd think they had been performing them for years. After A short break it was into Ogdens proper, which was performed in the most part from a circular stage superbly painted like the original album cover, though some of the action also took place with the cast dancing amongst the mostly standing audience, Head and shoulders above the rest - literally - was trapeze artist Christina Newman playing part of East End slapper 'Rene - the dockers delight'. For the flipside we were treated to the entertaining Playbox interpretation of the story accompanied by the spookily accurate narration of John unwin, the musicianship of the 'Fakers' and the inevitable energy of Britain's next generation of thespians. TAKEN FROM SCOOTERING MAGAZINE
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