Reasons to be Cheerful archiveIt's 1979. Ian Dury and the Blockheads' new single Reasons to be Cheerful (part 3) is climbing the charts. Labour has just lost the recent election to the Tories. Vinnie and his mates are big Ian Dury fans and they are desperate to see him at the Hammersmith Odeon but the gig is sold out. Vinnie will do anything to get tickets, but life is complicated. His dad is dying; the girl he loves is going out with his boss at the supermarket, and his own band never stops fighting. But the opportunity to get tickets for the gig arises and events take a surprising turn. Set during a time of political change and economic hardship, Dury's songs provide a powerful political and emotional backdrop to this coming-of-age tale.


Nadia Albina (Janine), Stephen Collins (Colin), Stephen Lloyd (Vinnie), Daniel McGowan ( Dave), Garry Robson (Bobby), Karen Spicer ( Pat), Mat Fraser, Nixon Rosembert, John Kelly, Robert Hyman


Book by: Paul Sirett
Music: Ian Dury and the Blockheads
Producer(s): Theatre Royal Stratford East, Graeae Theatre Company, New Wolsey Ipswich
Director: Jenny Sealey
Musical Director: Robert Hyman
Design: Gaelle Mellis
Lighting: Ian Scott
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Reasons to be Cheerful

Reasons to be Cheerful (Musical) production archive for QTIX code T01091535724. Details of all Reasons to be Cheerful archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S1202283967

Archive Listings

22 Oct 10
13 Nov 10
Theatre Royal Stratford East
Outer London
Greater London
14 Oct 10
16 Oct 10
New Wolsey Theatre

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