Reasons to be Cheerful

The ultimate punk rock Ian Dury and The Blockheads musical

26 September, 2017 - 30 September, 2017

  • wheelchair access
  • signed perfomance
  • hearing enhancement
  • audio description
  • assistance dogs
  • captioned performance

A Graeae Theatre Company production in association with Belgrade Theatre Coventry

Reasons to be Cheerful

Tuesday 26 September - Saturday 30 September

Book by Paul Sirett
Music by Ian Dury & the Blockheads
Directed by Jenny Sealey

Age Recommendation 14+

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

Post show Q+A: Wed 27 Sept

Supported by Arts Council England

Originally produced by Graeae Theatre Company, New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich and Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Make a Protest Song For Your Generation!

The renowned Graeae Theatre Company is inviting you to get involved with the Reasons to be Cheerful tour and create a protest song to be played at NST Campus when the gritty, coming of age musical comes to us.

Free Workshop

If you’d like some professional song-writing tips and ideas to help with creating your protest song, we’ll be running a FREE song writing workshop here at NST on Friday 1 September 10am – 12noon. Please contact Tracey Cruickshank: [email protected] to book your place!

The Entries So Far

Take a look at the entries so far on Graeae's Protest Song Hub and listen to Kylie Barton from Southampton perform her entry Not So Great Britain

Find out more details and about how to enter!

Celebrating the infectious music of Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Reasons to be Cheerful is a gritty, coming of age punk rock musical from the renowned Graeae Theatre Company, which promises to leave audiences shouting for more. Featuring Ian Dury and the Blockheads' greatest hits Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll, Sweet Gene Vincent, Spasticus Autisticus, Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick and many more, this acclaimed show will fill Nuffield Southampton Theatres 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...

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!

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


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