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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.

Book by Paul Sirett. Music Ian Dury and the Blockheads.

Archive listings for Reasons to be Cheerful

Work type: Musical.

T1259892476

All performances include captioned dialogue, BSL-interpreted songs and audio description.Producer Graeae Theatre Company (in association with the Belgrade Theatre Coventry). Director Jenny Sealey. Director Daryl Beeton (associate director). Design Liz Ascroft. Lighting Ian Scott. Sound Lewis Gibson. Choreographer Mark Smith. Musical Director Joey Hickman. Director Sarah Hughes (CDG casting director). Performer Stephen Lloyd (Vinnie). Performer Stephen Collins (Colin). Performer Beth Hinton-Lever (Janine). Performer Gerard McDermott (Bill/Bobby). Performer Karen Spicer (Pat). Performer Jude Mahon (Debbie). Performer Wayne Norman (Pickles). Performer Joey Hickman (Cousin Joey). Performer John Kelly (Lead Vocals). Performer Nixon Rosembert (Bass). Performer Paula Stanbridge-Faircloth (Drums). Performer Max Runham (percussion). Performer Louis Schultz-Wiremu (saxophone). Performer Paul Sirett (guitar).
24 Oct 17 to 4 Nov 17Theatre Royal, Stratford East, Outer London :: V337
listing details L01498054496
17 Oct 17 to 21 Oct 17Everyman & Playhouse, Liverpool :: V535
listing details L1004648866
10 Oct 17 to 14 Oct 17Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse), Leeds :: V977
listing details L2017697221
3 Oct 17 to 7 Oct 17New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich :: V81
listing details L266720084
26 Sep 17 to 30 Sep 17NST Campus, Southampton :: V776
listing details L2005912118
12 Sep 17 to 16 Sep 17Derby Theatre, Derby :: V1830193620
listing details L732261699
8 Sep 17 to 9 Sep 17Belgrade Theatre, Coventry :: V153
listing details L2011089607

T206404457

All performances include captioned dialogue, BSL-interpreted songs and audio description.Producer Theatre Royal Stratford East. Producer Graeae Theatre Company. Producer New Wolsey Ipswich. Director Jenny Sealey. Musical Director Robert Hyman. Design Gaelle Mellis. Lighting Ian Scott. Choreographer Mark Smith. Sound Lewis Gibson. Design Mark Haig (video). Performer Stephen Lloyd (Vinnie). Performer Stephen Collins (Colin). Performer Nadia Albina (Janine). Performer Karen Spicer (Pat). Performer Garry Robson (Bill/Bobby). Performer Daniel McGowan (Nick/Dave - saxophone/guitar). Performer Robert Hyman (Uncle Harry - keyboards). Performer John Kelly (John - vocals). Performer Nixon Rosembert (Nixon - bass guitar). Performer Paul Sirett (Paul - guitar). Performer Paula Faircloth (Paula - drums). Performer Jude Mahon (Debbie - signing/dancing). Performer Wayne 'Pickles' Norman (Pickles - describing/dancing).
3 Apr 12 to 7 Apr 12Playhouse, Nottingham :: V457
listing details L02115229664
28 Mar 12 to 1 Apr 12Hackney Empire, Outer London :: V309
listing details L1298834171
20 Mar 12 to 24 Mar 12Dundee Repertory Theatre, Dundee :: V596
listing details L297081163
13 Mar 12 to 17 Mar 12Watford Palace Theatre, Watford :: V55
listing details L01183845086
1 Mar 12 to 4 Mar 12Hull Truck Theatre, Hull :: V935
listing details L01600161979
21 Feb 12 to 25 Feb 12Hall for Cornwall, Truro :: V1183
listing details L01900641580
9 Feb 12 to 18 Feb 12New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich :: V81
listing details L1124577800

T01091535724

Producer Theatre Royal Stratford East. Producer Graeae Theatre Company. Producer New Wolsey Ipswich. Director Jenny Sealey. Musical Director Robert Hyman. Design Gaelle Mellis. Lighting Ian Scott. Performer Nadia Albina (Janine). Performer Stephen Collins (Colin). Performer Stephen Lloyd (Vinnie). Performer Daniel McGowan ( Dave). Performer Garry Robson (Bobby). Performer Karen Spicer ( Pat). Performer Mat Fraser. Performer Nixon Rosembert. Performer John Kelly. Performer Robert Hyman.
22 Oct 10 to 13 Nov 10Theatre Royal, Stratford East, Outer London :: V337
listing details L370254198
14 Oct 10 to 16 Oct 10New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich :: V81
listing details L01526812547

Other listings

9 Sep 12Southbank Centre, West End :: V423
listing details L0129665936

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