Reasons to be Cheerful, Belgrade Theatre, Sept 8
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 40 th anniversary of Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ seminal album ‘New Boots and Panties! the musical features a catalogue of the band’s hits.
First seen in 2010, Reasons to be Cheerful has gone onto play at theatres and festivals across the UK, in stadiums around the world, and even in front of HM The Queen. “Spasticus Autisticus”, the Ian Dury-penned disability rights anthem which features in the show, was performed by the cast at the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening
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), this show is loud, bold and jubilant.
The parallels with the show’s 1979 setting are clear. Today, as nationwide cuts continue to impact on the lives of disabled people, Graeae Theatre Company puts them centre stage.
It is 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 missionto 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….
Jenny Sealey, Director, said, “I am beyond thrilled that our Reasons to be Cheerful gang are dusting off their Doc Martens and going back out on the road one final time in a new production of our hit show, thanks to support from Arts Council England's Strategic Touring Fund. 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.”
Jemima Dury, daughter of Ian Dury, said: “I’m so excited for everyone who will see Reasons to Be Cheerful on this 2017 tour. You are in for a treat! It’s energizing, it’s moving and it’s enormous fun. It comes as close as you can get to a 1979 Ian Dury and the Blockheads gig.
Tickets for Reasons to be Cheerful are available now priced from £19.25 by calling the Belgrade Box Office team on 024 7655 3055 or book online at www.belgrade.co.uk for even cheaper tickets.
Growing up with a rock icon, Jemima Dury looks back on the highs and highs of the Blockheads reign, headed by her dad