We are delighted to share the news that the UK’s leading disabled-led theatre company, Graeae, are releasing one of its biggest hits of recent years to be streamed online for free.

From Weds 3 June – Mon 3 August, the smash hit musical Reasons to be Cheerful will be available to stream on Graeae’s website. Its 2017 UK tour was produced in association with the Belgrade Theatre.

Written by Paul Sirett, Reasons to be Cheerful tells a coming of age tale that rejoices in the infectious and enduring music of Ian Dury and the Blockheads. Featuring stone-cold classic songs including Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick, Plaistow Patricia, Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll, Sweet Gene Vincent, What A Waste and the titular Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3), Graeae Artistic Director, Jenny Sealey’s production is loud, bold and jubilant.

Using Graeae’s signature theatrical language, the production seamlessly includes British Sign Language and creative captioning. A separate audio described version will also be available.

This live stream is part of a wider programme of digital lockdown activities Graeae are calling Crips without Constraints. It features a full eleven-week programme of online activity which provides audiences with a rich variety of work and celebrates the creativity of Deaf and disabled artists across the nation whilst the country is in lockdown. Find out more here.