m6 Theatre Company

When We Started Singing KS2

An uplifting film and activity package for primary schools and venues.

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.

To access the Film and Activity Pack, simply click on the item. You will be asked for a password, if you don’t have a password, you can request one by completing the form. Please note that this is for schools and community groups only.

Downloading the Activity Pack and Resources includes all the resources you need to run this activity in your school.

The film culminates with a unifying song, partly signed by the cast using BSL. The BSL tutorial and song links are available through the activity pack so that children can learn and join in.

Please don’t forget to fill out an online evaluation form m6theatre.co.uk/wwss/evaluation


Writer: Mike Peacock
Mr Popple: Declan Wilson
Tommy the Tortoise: Roman
Neighbours: Luke & Bronwyn Walker, Purvi Parmar, Guy Hargreaves & Nicola McRoy, Shirley, Sam & Edward Jamil
Director: Gilly Baskeyfield
Filmmaker: Nick Farrimond
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


If you have any questions or
problems with the password,
call 01706 355898 or email

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