Named after Tina Turner’s 1980’s hit single, ‘Simply The Best’, is a year-by-year extravaganza of everything that was new, novel, fascinating and fun in a decade that also witnessed its fair share of conflict, peace and discovery - and a great deal more besides
As with its two predecessors, ('Walking Back To Happiness' and 'Yesterday Once More') the idea for the show came from Stone Little Theatre founder member, Neil Norman. Following months of extensive research by a dedicated team of members who assembled all the facts for the story, the final script was written by Stone Little Theatre Director Chris Bell and the show made its premiere at the Bibby Sports & Social Club in Stone in October 2004 and has since been produced by several theatre companies up and down the country and by students at Walton Priory Middle School in Stone.
The show includes over 20 classic hand-clapping, foot-stomping hits from artistes including Buggles, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Queen, Spandau Ballet, Status Quo and Tears For Fears.
Also featured is a bounty of classic side-splitting film and television comedy with live on-stage excerpts from ‘ALLO ALLO’, 'HI-DE-HI’ and 'BLACKADDER II'.
There is a section dedicated to eighties musicals including ‘Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Starlight Express’, ‘Chess’, ‘Miss Saigon’ and ‘Les Misérables’ and also a generous helping of year-by-year news, views, nostalgia and reminiscences with live video footage of key events including the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer, the US Presidential Election with speeches by Ronald Reagan and the toppling of the Berlin Wall.
Memorable TV advertisements of the eighties including 'Cadbury's Flake', 'Yellow Pages', 'Fry's Turkish Delight', Cadbury's Milk Tray and 'The Age of the Train' are also featured.