That Day We Sang

That Day We Sang is a British musical written and composed by Victoria Wood.[1] 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.

That Day We Sang
DVD cover
MusicVictoria Wood
LyricsVictoria Wood
BookVictoria Wood
BasisReunion of the 1929 recording of Nymphs and Shepherds by The Manchester Children's Choir
Premiere6 July 2011 (2011-07-06): Manchester Opera House
Productions2011 Manchester International Festival
2013 Manchester Royal Exchange
2014 television film

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,[1] for just ten performances. The cast was accompanied by a choir and the Hallé Youth Orchestra.[2]

2013 Manchester Royal Exchange Cast

A rewritten production opened at the Royal Exchange Theatre for Christmas 2013, directed by Sarah Frankcom.

2014 television film

That Day We Sang
  • Drama
  • Musical
Created byVictoria Wood
Written byVictoria Wood
Directed byVictoria Wood
Composer(s)Victoria Wood
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Paul Frift
Running time90 minutes
Production company(s)
  • BBC
  • Endor Productions
DistributorAll3 Media
Original network
Original release26 December 2014 (2014-12-26)
Related showsThat Day We Sang (2011), (2013)

Provisionally entitled 'Tubby and Enid', filming of a television adaption began on 6 January 2014[3] using locations in Liverpool, Manchester and Huddersfield Town Hall.[4][5][6] It was produced by Paul Frift with executive producers Hilary Bevan Jones and Matthew Read[7] and eventually broadcast under the original name on 26 December 2014.[8] Seen by 2.57 million viewers, it was the 8th most watched programme on BBC2 that week.[9] It was Wood's last major work before her death in April 2016.

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.


  1. Hicking, Alfred (7 July 2011). "That Day We Sang – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  2. Ward, David (30 June 2011). "Victoria Wood recalls a historic day for Manchester music". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  3. Nissim, Mayer (5 December 2013). "Imelda Staunton, Michael Ball for Victoria Wood drama Tubby and Enid". Digital Spy. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  4. Wright, Jade (29 January 2014). "Michael Ball enjoys a laugh during Tubby & Enid filming". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  5. Jones, Catherine (17 January 2014). "Victoria Wood in city as stars film new show". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  6. Atkinson, Neil (11 January 2014). "Victoria Wood, Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball in Huddersfield for new BBC film". Examiner. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  7. "Tubby And Enid: BBC Two announces new drama by Victoria Wood". BBC. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  8. Paton, Maureen (26 December 2014). "That Day We Sang: 'Stories do also happen to people over 25'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
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