Graeae, Reasons to be Cheerful – a raucous musical featuring the hits of Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Touring



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‘Rough, ready and bl**dy brilliant’ Time Out
‘The stage gives off a million volts’ The Guardian

Celebrating the infectious music of Ian Dury and the Blockheads, REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL is a punk rock musical and gritty coming of age tale, which always leaves audiences shouting for more. Featuring Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ greatest hits including Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll, Sweet Gene Vincent, Spasticus Autisticus and Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick this acclaimed show will fill the theatre with raucous glee.

It’s 1979: Labour loses to the Tories, strikes rock the nation and Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3) climbs the charts. As the ultimate fans, Vinnie and his mates would do anything to see Dury at the Hammersmith Odeon, only the gig is sold out. But life has a habit of throwing strange things at you, and one night of frustration becomes something else entirely…

Let’s ‘ave it!

Following nationwide tours, concert versions across the world and a performance at the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony, REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL is back on the road one last time!

All performances include captioned dialogue, BSL-interpreted songs and audio description.

Tour dates:

8 – 9 Sept, Belgrade Theatre, Belgrade Square, Corporation Street, Coventry, CV1 1GS

12 – 16 Sept, Derby Theatre, 15 Theatre Walk, Derby DE1 2NF

26 – 30 Sept, Nuffield Southampton Theatres, University Rd, Southampton SO17 1TR

3 – 7 Oct, New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich IP1 2AS

10 – 14 Oct, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7UP

17 – 21 Oct, Liverpool Everyman, 5-11 Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BH |

24 Oct – 4 Nov, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN

All performances include creative British Sign Language, audio description and creative captioning. All venues accessible.