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.
Knock me down with a feather…
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…
Lets ‘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!
‘I am beyond thrilled that our Reasons to be Cheerful gang are dusting off their DM’s and going back out on the road one final time. We will be well and truly raising the roof up and down the country with the brilliantly anarchic music of Ian Dury and the Blockheads, whose punk sentiment speaks louder than ever as we fight against the brutal cuts that Deaf and disabled people and millions of others have faced in recent years.’ Jenny Sealey, Director
‘I’m so excited for everyone who will see Reasons to Be Cheerful for the first time on this 2017 tour, you are in for a treat. I love it – it’s energizing, it’s moving and it’s enormous fun.’ Jemima Dury
‘It is amazing to think that 37 years after Ian and I wrote Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3), the song still has such an impact and sounds so fresh. The respect they have for Ian’s lyrics and lust for life is undeniable. If Ian were alive I am sure he would be laughing his head off and applauding the bravura of this very talented ensemble. Congratulations and thank you to everyone involved.’ Chaz Jankel
All performances include captioned dialogue, BSL-interpreted songs and audio description.
‘Rough, ready and bl**dy brilliant’ Time Out
‘The stage gives off a million volts’ The Guardian
Age Recommendation 14+
Supported by Arts Council England
Originally produced by Graeae Theatre Company, New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich and Theatre Royal Stratford East.
National Tour (click on venue names to book tickets):
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry 8 September – 9 September
Derby Theatre 12 September – 16 September
Nuffield Theatre, Southampton 26 September – 30 September
New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich 3 October – 7 October
West Yorkshire Playhouse 10 October – 14 October
Liverpool Everyman 17 October – 21 October
Theatre Royal Stratford East 24 October – 4 November