Punk mu­si­cal cel­e­brat­ing iconic Block­head Ian

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MEM­BERS of the le­gendary punk band The Block­heads have cre­ated a new and ex­clu­sive protest-in­spired song for a mu­si­cal cel­e­brat­ing the iconic late front­man Ian Dury.

Rea­sons To Be Cheer­ful vis­its the Every­man as part of a UK tour next week and fea­tures If It Can’t Be Right Then It Must Be Wrong, writ­ten by Block­head mem­bers Chaz Jankel and Derek Hussey, and cast mem­ber John Kelly.

Echo­ing the po­lit­i­cal cli­mate of 1979, the new Block­heads song is a ral­ly­ing cry for 2017 protest­ing against aus­ter­ity and cuts di­rected at the D/deaf* and dis­abled com­mu­nity in the UK and the sys­temic dis­in­te­gra­tion of the NHS and the wel­fare state.

Derek said: “These is­sues should be at the top of the agenda in any fair-minded demo­cratic so­ci­ety.

“Al­low­ing in­di­vid­u­als to achieve and main­tain in­de­pen­dence, an el­e­ment of self-es­teem and dig­nity with­out suf­fer­ing the ig­nominy of hav­ing to re­sort to a hu­mil­i­at­ing beg­ging bowl men­tal­ity.

“If It Can’t Be Right Then It Must Be Wrong high­lights some of those points and, I hope, re­minds us all that with the right kind of as­sis­tance any­thing is pos­si­ble.”

The ri­otous mu­si­cal also in­cludes clas­sic Ian Dury & The Block­heads songs Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick; Plais­tow Pa­tri­cia; Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll; Sweet Gene Vin­cent; What A Waste And Rea­sons To Be Cheer­ful (Part 3).

Set in 1979, the story fol­lows the jour­ney of die-hard Ian Dury fans Vin­nie and Colin, and their quest to see their hero at a sold-out Ham­mer­smith Odeon gig.

With­out a ticket, but with the de­ter­mi­na­tion and de­sire of true fans, the pro­tag­o­nists’ jour­ney to Ham­mer­smith throws more at them than they could ever ex­pect...

Part gig, part play, Rea­sons To Be Cheer­ful is brought to the Every­man by dis­abled-led theatre group Graeae, a pi­o­neer­ing com­pany whose aim is to break down bar­ri­ers, chal­lenge pre­con­cep­tions and boldly place d/Deaf and dis­abled artists cen­tre stage.

Jenny Sealey, di­rec­tor of Rea­sons To Be Cheer­ful and artis­tic di­rec­tor at Graeae Theatre Com­pany, said: “I am be­yond thrilled that our Rea­sons To Be Cheer­ful gang are dust­ing off their Dr. Martens and go­ing back out on the road one fi­nal time in a new pro­duc­tion of our hit show thanks to sup­port from Arts Coun­cil Eng­land’s Strate­gic Tour­ing Fund.

“We will be well and truly rais­ing the roof up and down the coun­try with the bril­liantly an­ar­chic mu­sic of Ian Dury & the Block­heads, whose punk sen­ti­ment speaks louder than ever.”

Rea­sons To Be Cheer­ful is at the Every­man from Oc­to­ber 17-21.

Tick­ets are avail­able at:www. ev­ery­man­play­house.com/whats-on/ rea­sons-to-be-cheer­ful/

D refers to deaf­ness or hear­ing loss be­fore spo­ken lan­guage is ac­quired; d refers to deaf­ness ac­quired dur­ing life.



Na­dia Al­bina and John Kelly in Rea­sons To Be Cheer­ful

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