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Hit show Reasons to be Cheerful returns to Theatre Royal Stratford East

PUBLISHED: 17:23 24 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:23 24 October 2017

Performers from Graeae Theatre Company's Reasons to be Cheerful. Picture: Patrick Baldwin

Performers from Graeae Theatre Company's Reasons to be Cheerful. Picture: Patrick Baldwin

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A gritty coming-of-age tale about iconic rock and roll band Ian Dury and the Blockheads will receive its finale in Stratford.

Reasons to be Cheerful uses British Sign Language, audio description and creative captioning to make it as inclusive as possible for audiences. Picture: Patrick Baldwin Reasons to be Cheerful uses British Sign Language, audio description and creative captioning to make it as inclusive as possible for audiences. Picture: Patrick Baldwin

Punk rock musical Reasons To Be Cheerful, showing at Theatre Royal Stratford East today until Saturday November 4, features some of the band’s biggest hits such as Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll and Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick.

Set in 1979 against a backdrop of political and economic chaos, the story sees Vinnie and his friends desperate to catch their musical hero Dury at the Hammersmith Odeon despite a sold-out gig.

The show - produced by Graeae Theatre Company and first seen in 2010 - is as relevant as ever, says director Jenny Sealey.

“With the brutal cuts that D/deaf and disabled people have faced recently, this show is needed more than ever and it feels exactly the right time to be reviving it,” she said.

“It a facelift for 2017, but the soul of the show has firmly remained from the first time.”

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