Reasons to be Cheerful
First seen in 2010, Reasons to be Cheerful has gone on to play at theatres and festivals across the UK, in stadiums around the world, and even in front of HRH 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 Ceremony and, despite being banned by the BBC in 1981, broadcast worldwide in front of an audience of over 1 billion.
This coming of age tale rejoices in the infectious and enduring music of Ian Dury and the Blockheads. 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.
Using Graeae’s signature theatrical language, all performances of Reasons to be Cheerful seamlessly include British Sign Language, audio description and creative captioning.
Writer: Paul Sirrett
Director: Jenny Sealey
Lighting: Ian Scott
Sound: Lewis Gibson
Choreography: Mark Smith
Musical Director: Joey Hickman
Casting: Sarah Hughes CDG
Reasons to be Cheerful's 2017 tour visits:
- Friday 8 & Saturday 9 September Belgrade Theatre Coventry
- Tuesday 12 – Saturday 16 September Derby Theatre
- Tuesday 26 – Saturday 30 September Nuffield Theatre, Southampton
- Tuesday 3 – Saturday 7 October New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
- Tuesday 10 – Saturday 14 October West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
- Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 October Liverpool Everyman
- Tuesday 24 October – Saturday 4 November Theatre Royal Stratford East