- Venue: Quarry Theatre
- Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)
- Age Guidance: Age guide 14+
- Other: Post Show Discussion Wed 11 Oct
More Information on Reasons To Be Cheerful
Celebrating the infectious music of Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Reasons To Be Cheerful is a punk rock musical and gritty coming of age tale, which leaves audiences shouting for more.
Featuring greatest hits including Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll, Sweet Gene Vincent, Spasticus Autisticus and Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick, this acclaimed show will fill the Playhouse with raucous glee.
All performances include captioned dialogue, BSL-interpreted songs and audio description.
‘The stage gives off a million volts’
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Presented by Graeae Theatre Company in association with the Belgrade Theatre Coventry
Supported by Arts Council England. Originally produced by Graeae Theatre Company,
New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich and Theatre Royal Stratford East.
Cast & Credits
Book by Paul Sirett / Music by Ian Dury and the Blockheads / Director Jenny Sealey /
Graeae Theatre Company in association with the Belgrade Theatre Coventry production
“ It feels fresher than ever in this new touring version… Sealey’s production is one of glorious anarchy. Far from being an add-ons, the creative integration of sign language, audio description and captioning adds to the theatricality”
“ loud, exuberant and thoroughly enjoyable…you’ll be leaving the theatre with a very big grin on your face”
“ laugh out loud funny, an exhilarating, hugely entertaining, rollercoaster ride of a live experience”
“ as a patron of Graeae in his life, [Ian Dury] would be very proud of this extraordinary show directed by Jenny Sealey. We whole-heartedly implore you to go and see it”
A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.Audio Described
Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.Relaxed Performance
A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.Dementia-Friendly Performance
Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.Sing Along
Sing along with the cast in this exclusive performance. Lyrics will be on screen, so you can join in as loud as you like. Open to all, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.Post Show Discussion
Parent & Baby Performance
A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.
*A transaction fee of £2.50 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.
- - Captioned
- - Signed
- - Audio Description
- - Relaxed Performance
- - Dementia Friendly Performance
- - Post Show Discussion
- - Sing Along
- - Parent & Baby Performance