Part gig, part play, Reasons to be Cheerful is an acclaimed coming-of-age tale directed by Jenny Sealey, and featuring Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ greatest hits, performed by a live band.
It can be seen at Nottingham Playhouse from April 3-7.
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.
Show directo Jenny Sealey, hailing from Nottingham, is excited to be bringing the show to the city.
She explained: “Reasons to be Cheerful feels more relevant than ever. The parallels with Thatcher’s government of the early 1980s and today’s Tory-led coalition grow more apparent with every passing day.
“A couple of years ago we thought the time might have come to bring back a little bit of attitude. We think this show does that.”
She continued: “This show has got classic Blockheads songs, a story that we hope will have you laughing and crying in equal measures, and a motley cast and production team that would make (Dury’s earlier band) Kilburn and the High Roads look respectable. We hope this show helps to bring Ian Dury to a new generation and inspire them.”
Jenny Sealey is part of Graeae, the UK’s leading disability theatre company. They champion accessibility and provide a platform for new generations of Deaf and disabled talent. She is also co-artistic director of the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
All performances of Reasons To Be Cheerful include captioned dialogue, BSL-interpreted songs and audio description.
Tickets to see Reasons To Be Cheerful are £15 (plus concessions). Call the box office on 0115 941 9419.