Sometimes a thing just hits the spot.

Perhaps it’s because Disco Inferno , at Malvern Theatres all week, is set in 1976 - when I was just a teenager or because it stayed just this side of cheesy and firmly in charming territory that I simply loved it. Maybe it was just the glitterball.

A loose – very loose – reworking of Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus set in a disco context wouldn’t be everyone’s choice for a fun night out, but despite some sometimes clunky performances and toe-curling dialogue it was pitch perfect at portraying that pivotal moment when pop ruled and punk was yet to emerge.

Anyone of a certain age – my certain age – was instantly transported back to a time when we spent Sunday nights desperately trying to hold a microphone close enough to our transistor radios to record Tony Blackburn counting down the chart show, to Thursday afternoon chemistry classes when all we talked about was who’d be on that evening’s Top of the Pops.

And despite managing to completely erase all memory of it until now, in the way that all victims of a terrible accident hope to do, I was able to look at the performers and say: “Yes, we really did wear that,” That, in my case, being pink PVC platform boots and a chiffon catsuit. How lucky we all were not to be locked up for crimes against fashion.

Disco Inferno starred three faces familiar to today’s Young Generation – Sam Attwater (Eastenders, Hollyoaks and Dancing on Ice ); Dani Harmer (Tracey Beaker ) and Javine Hylton (Popstars, The Rivals and Britain’s entry in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest). None made their names in musical theatre, but all have had substantial careers in musicals and all three had a presence and chemistry that carried the show along.

Relatively unknown in the ever-increasing canon of jukebox musicals Disco Inferno had its audience quite literally dancing in the aisles, introducing disco music to a whole new generation and delighting those who remembered it first time around. It was a time of big shoes, big hair, big egos and big sounds. From Donna Summer to the Village People, it may have been the era that style forgot, but the music is resolutely memorable.

As well as the principals there was able support – particularly musically - from Johnathan Tweedie as the hapless Tom, Matthew Goodgame as the magnificently named Heathcliff and Joe Connors as Duke.

The story offers a nod to classic literature, but in keeping with the joyous feel of the show had a happy ending that was a treat for those watching. And while the storyline and dialogue harked back to a more innocent time there was some realistic boys’ banter and some genius flashes of wit – including some smoke-damaged seagulls - that prevented the show from being another dull wander down nostalgia lane.

Indeed, as long as you can find your boogie shoes, are in the mood for dancing and can still manage to shake your groove thing Disco Inferno will light up your night.

Disco Inferno runs at Malvern Theatres until Saturday, August 25 at Malvern Theatres. To book, call the box office on 01684 892277 or go to