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


Stephen Lloyd (Vinnie), Stephen Collins (Colin), Nadia Albina (Janine), Karen Spicer (Pat), Garry Robson (Bill / Bobby), Daniel McGowan (Nick / Dave - saxophone / guitar), Robert Hyman (Uncle Harry - keyboards), John Kelly (John - vocals), Nixon Rosembert (Nixon - bass guitar), Paul Sirett (Paul - guitar), Paula Faircloth (Paula - drums), Jude Mahon (Debbie - signing / dancing), Wayne 'Pickles' Norman (Pickles - describing / dancing)


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(s): Gaelle Mellis, Mark Haig (video)
Lighting: Ian Scott
Choreographer: Mark Smith
Sound: Lewis Gibson

Reasons to be Cheerful

Reasons to be Cheerful (Musical) production archive for QTIX code T206404457. Details of all Reasons to be Cheerful archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S1202283967

Archive Listings

3 Apr 12
7 Apr 12
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
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28 Mar 12
1 Apr 12
Hackney Empire
Outer London, Greater London
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20 Mar 12
24 Mar 12
Dundee Repertory Theatre
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13 Mar 12
17 Mar 12
Watford Palace Theatre
Watford, Hertfordshire
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1 Mar 12
4 Mar 12
Hull Truck Theatre
Hull, Humberside
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21 Feb 12
25 Feb 12
Hall for Cornwall
Truro, Cornwall
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9 Feb 12
18 Feb 12
New Wolsey Theatre
Ipswich, Suffolk
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