Part gig, part play, Reasons to be Cheerful celebrates the infectious music of Ian Dury and the Blockheads in this bold and jubilant coming of age tale. Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ seminal album New Boots and Panties!! the punk rock production celebrates the band’s greatest hits.
It’s 1979. Labour has just lost the General Election to the Tories. Strikes rock the nation and Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3) is climbing the charts. Die-hard fans Vinnie and Colin are on a mission to see Ian Dury and the Blockheads play Hammersmith Odeon. With no tickets to a sold-out gig their journey throws more at them than they could have ever expected….
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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), the show also features new song If It Can’t Be Right Then It Must Be Wrong written exclusively for the production by members of Ian Dury’s band The Blockheads and Graeae performer John Kelly.
Reasons To Be Cheerful is directed by pioneering disabled led theatre company Graeae’s Artistic Director Jenny Sealey MBE, and performed by an inclusive cast of 14 actor musicians. Using Graeae’s signature theatrical language, all performances of Reasons To Be Cheerful seamlessly include British Sign Language, audio description and creative captioning.
Reasons To Be Cheerful plays at West Yorkshire Playhouse from 10 – 14 October.