That Day We Sang (2014)
That Day We Sang
That Day We Sang is a British musical written and composed by Victoria Wood. It is based on a true story of the reunion of a famous recording of Nymphs and Shepherds in 1929 by The Manchester Children's Choir.
2011 Manchester International Festival
The play was commissioned for the Manchester International Festival, and was first performed at the Manchester Opera House in July 2011, under the direction of Victoria Wood, for just ten performances. The cast was accompanied by a choir and the Hallé Youth Orchestra.
- Vincent Franklin as Tubby
- Jenna Russell as Enid,
- Lorraine Bruce as Dorothy/Pauline
- Raif Clarke as Young Jimmy
- Alison Pargeter as Gertrude Riall
2013 Manchester Royal Exchange Cast
A rewritten production opened at the Royal Exchange Theatre for Christmas 2013, directed by Sarah Frankcom.
- Dean Andrews as Tubby
- Anna Francolini as Enid
- Kelly Price as Gertrude Riall
2014 television film
|That Day We Sang|
|Created by||Victoria Wood|
|Written by||Victoria Wood|
|Directed by||Victoria Wood|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Running time||90 minutes|
|Original release||26 December 2014|
|Related shows||That Day We Sang (2011), (2013)|
Provisionally entitled 'Tubby and Enid', filming of a television adaption began on 6 January 2014 using locations in Liverpool, Manchester and Huddersfield Town Hall. It was produced by Paul Frift with executive producers Hilary Bevan Jones and Matthew Read and eventually broadcast under the original name on 26 December 2014. Seen by 2.57 million viewers, it was the 8th most watched programme on BBC2 that week. It was Wood's last major work before her death in April 2016.
- Imelda Staunton as Enid
- Michael Ball as Tubby (Jimmy)
- Sophie Thompson as Dorothy
- Conleth Hill as Frank
- Harvey Chaisty as Young Jimmy (Tubby)
- Dorothy Atkinson as Gertrude Riall
- Daniel Rigby as Mr. Kirkby
- Jessica Gunning as Pauline
- Lyndsey Marshal as Sal
- Charles De'Ath as Lionel
- Malcolm Sinclair as Sir Hamilton Harty
- Ian Lavender as Commissionaire/Older Mr. Kirkby
An hour-long documentary That Musical We Made, about the making of the telefilm, was broadcast the following day and featured archive clips from the original reunion documentary about the real-life choristers which Wood first viewed in her twenties.
Michael Ball played Nymphs and Shepherds composer Henry Purcell in the 1995 film England, My England.