Graeae’s new production of Reasons to be Cheerful has been touring again this autumn, and going down a storm with audiences and critics alike. This raucous musical featuring the hits of Ian Dury and the Blockheads celebrates the infectious spirit of the band, and always leaves audiences shouting for more! The hits performed include Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll, Sweet Gene Vincent, Spasticus Autisticus and Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick and many more.

4-stars “An exhilarating, hugely entertaining, rollercoaster ride of a live experience.” Whats On Live

4-stars “Loud, exuberant and thoroughly enjoyable…you’ll be leaving the theatre with a very big grin on your face.” Reviews Hub

4-stars “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.”

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…

Let’s ‘ave it! Following nationwide tours, concert versions across the world and a performance at the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony, REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL is back on the road one last time!

‘It is amazing to think that 37 years after Ian and I wrote Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3), the song still has such an impact and sounds so fresh.  The respect they have for Ian’s lyrics and lust for life is undeniable. If Ian were alive I am sure he would be laughing his head off and applauding the bravura of this very talented ensemble. Congratulations and thank you to everyone involved.’  Chaz Jankel

See what audiences think about the show by clicking here: Link to audience vox pops

Watch the interview with Blockheads Chaz Jankel and Derek Hussey here: Link to Chaz and Derek

Watch the interview with Jemima Dury here: Link to Jemima

Tue 17 – Sat 21 October
Liverpool Everyman
Box office: 0151 709 4776

Tue 24 October – Saturday 4 November
Theatre Royal Stratford East
Box office: 020 8534 0310

For full show information and trailers, visit






Reasons to be Cheerful on tour!!


It’s back!!

Graeae Theatre Company presents…

Reasons to be Cheerful

A raucous musical featuring the hits

of Ian Dury and the Blockheads,

in a new production for 2017 directed by Jenny Sealey.


Tour dates:

Friday 8 & Saturday 9 September
Belgrade Theatre Coventry
024 7655 3055

Tuesday 12 – Saturday 16 September
Derby Theatre
01332 59 39 39
Press night: 13 September

Tuesday 26 – Saturday 30 September
Nuffield Southampton Theatres
023 8067 1771

Tuesday 3 – Saturday 7 October
New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
01473 295 900

Tuesday 10 – Saturday 14 October
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
0113 213 7700

Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 October
Liverpool Everyman
0151 709 4776

Tuesday 24 October – Saturday 4 November
Theatre Royal Stratford East
020 8534 0310

Age recommendation 14+
All performances include creative British Sign Language, captioning and audio description.

Be Magnificent

Walthamstow School of Art 1957 – 1967
9th June  – 10th Sept, 2017

William Morris Gallery
Click here for William Morris Gallery link

Ian Dury artwork can be seen in this wonderful exhibition, alongside work by some of Britain’s greatest creative talents including Peter Blake, Derek Boshier, Peter Greenaway, Ken Russell and Celia Birtwell.

Happy 100th Birthday, Vera Lynn


‘The Wonderful Vera’ LP cover, World Record Club, 1967

This is an Ian Dury illustration for the World Record Club, 1967.

The original drawing is graphite and coloured pencil.


Artist Partners Ltd advice note, 1967

In Memory of Jock Scot

Photo: Tom Jackson

Photo: Tom Jackson


Jock was an extraordinary poet and a man of tremendous wit, power and integrity. After Ian died in 2000, Jock wrote this beautiful poem as a tribute to Ian and their friendship.[/para]

Jock Scot
21/9/52 – 13/4/16


Ian’s Poem

I put all my eggs in one basket
The basket that you gave to me
One was called ‘Hope’
One was called ‘Truth’
Another called ‘Peace’
That makes three

Now a moth circles around a bare light bulb
Oddly reminding me of Francis Bacon
And then I wonder just where you are
And what connections you’re making

Yes, such a swift departure,
You left me clutching at a half-pint of lager
I looked up and you were gone
Leaving the Blockheads and all your mates
On the stage to carry on
The next generation
Bring ’em on, bring ’em on, bring ’em on

So I’m left with the eggs and the bacon
And you could be oceans away
But if, when I yell
Outside the Gates of Hell
You appear with a smile and a swagger
Maybe we can sit down in the Devil’s Arms
And order a fresh pint of lager