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


APRIL 18th, 2015

@Demon Music Group is releasing a special Expanded Edition of Ian Dury’s seminal’ New Boots & Panties’!!! Exclusively for @Record Store Day 2015 on April 18th. Limited to 1500 copies worldwide the package features New Boots on 180-gram coloured vinyl and a brand new compilation of rarities, demos and live recordings, Different Boots & Panties!!!, both LPs housed in a pop-up sleeve. ‪#‎RSD15‬