Reasons To Be Cheerful available to watch online!

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The online version of Reasons to be Cheerful and associated audio described version ended on 3 August 2020. Many thanks to everyone who watched and listened.
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A raucous musical featuring the hits of Ian Dury and the Blockheads. 

Book by Paul Sirett. Directed by Jenny Sealey.
Music by Ian Dury & the Blockheads.
A Graeae Theatre Company production in association with the Belgrade Theatre Coventry.

Part gig, part play, Reasons To Be Cheerful tells a coming of age tale that rejoices in the uplifting and enduring music of Ian Dury and the Blockheads. Featuring stone-cold classic songs including Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick; Plaistow Patricia; Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll; Sweet Gene Vincent; What A Waste and the titular Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3). Graeae Artistic Director, Jenny Sealey’s production is loud, bold and jubilant.

With captioning and audio description.
Age Recommendation 14+

Jemima Dury, Graeae Patron and daughter of Ian Dury says: Graeae’s Reasons To Be Cheerful has been part of my life for ten years now. I am overjoyed that it’s now available online … because when it’s not in production – I miss it!’


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