Plenty of reasons to be cheerful at Rep

Graeae Theatre Company 'Reasons To Be Cheerful" pre publicity photoshoot

Graeae Theatre Company 'Reasons To Be Cheerful" pre publicity photoshoot

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THE critically acclaimed hit musical Reasons To Be Cheerful stops off at Dundee Rep Theatre from Tuesday, March 20 to Saturday, March 24 as part of a national tour.

Part gig, part play, Reasons To Be Cheerful is a gritty production set in 1979 featuring the infectious music of Ian Dury and the Blockheads.

Following a hugely successful run in London in 2010 Graeae Theatre Company and New Wolsey Theatre are taking Reasons To Be Cheerful on a 1633 mile national tour with Dundee Rep Theatre, its only Scottish venue.

Written by Paul Sirett and directed by Graeae’s artistic director Jenny Sealy, this high-energy coming of age tale is set in the 70s when Labour lost to the Tories, strikes rocked the nation, and Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ Reasons to be Cheerful (part 3) climbed the charts.

Die-hard fans Vinnie and his mates are desperate to see Ian Dury and the Blockheads at the Hammersmith Odeon, except the gig sold out weeks ago.

However life has a habit of throwing strange things at you, and one night of frustration becomes something else entirely.

Graeae Theatre Company is a force for change in world-class theatre, breaking down barriers, challenging preconceptions and boldly placing deaf and disabled artists centre stage.

Artistically led by Jenny Sealy, Graeae’s signature characteristic is the compelling creative integration of sign language and audio description, which engages brilliantly with both disabled and non-disabled audiences. Championing accessibility and providing a platform for new generations of artist, Graeae leads the way in pioneering, trail-blazing theatre.

Jenny Sealy has also been appointed co-artistic director of London 2012 Paralympic games opening ceremony.

Tickets details from the box office on 01382 223 530 or www.dundeerep.co.uk

The show runs at 7.30 pm nightly with a matinee on Thursday, March 22 at 2.30 pm.