Starting in 1980, Hit Me! looks at three periods in Dury’s life: the man at the top of his game, the man who nearly blew it and the man who gave his best to everything. By his side throughout too was his minder, tour manager and loyal friend, ex-con Fred ‘Spider’ Rowe. The show is written and directed by Jeff Merrifield.
Born in Harrow in 1942, Dury was left disabled after contracting polio at the age of seven. At the peak of his 1970s success Ian Dury, with his band The Blockheads, was at the vanguard of the punk and post punk movements. Part furious iconoclast, part music hall entertainer, Dury was one of the true originals of the English music scene. He died after a battle with liver cancer on 27 March 2000.
Hit Me! The Life and Rhymes of Ian Dury is produced by Seabright Productions, Irving Rappaport and Playback Art. Currently at the Garrick, David Essex musical All the Fun of the Fair finishes on 5 September.