An uplifting short streaming film from M6 Theatre Company featuring BSL, storytelling and song

Mr Popple is a kind, elderly man who lives alone with just his pet tortoise, Tommy, for company. When his neighbours suddenly find themselves housebound, he notices their struggles and sets out to share some joy. His acts of kindness transform strangers into friends (and pop stars!) and a community is born.


When We Started Singing 3 (credit Lewis Wileman)



Writer: Mike Peacock; Filmmaker: Nick Farrimond; Director: Gilly Baskeyfield; Assistant Director: Caroline Kennedy ; Composer/ Original Song/MD: James Atherton; Set, Props and Costume: Joss Matzen & Sharon McWilliams; BSL Interpreter: Rebekah Mills Strawson; Photography: Lewis Wileman; Sound Engineer: Christophe Bride; Mr Popple: Declan Wilson; Tommy the Tortoise: Roman; Neighbours: Luke & Bronwyn Walker, Purvi Parmar, Guy Hargreaves & Nicola McRoy, Shirley, Sam & Edward Jamil

Dates & Times

Last session: Sun 11 Apr 2021 at 2:30 PM - This event has now passed

Suitable for children aged 5+ and their families

Running time: 17 minutes

How to access the stream

Just click WATCH ONLINE below.

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“Amazing and a bit of a tearjerker!”

Audience member, Facebook

“I cannot recommend this enough as a joyful piece of family theatre. Really quite profoundly moving.”

Audience member, Twitter

“It nearly made me cry and I had a heartbeat when the song came.”

Year 4 Pupil

When We Started Singing

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