Shared Learning Experiences

When We Started Singing

This play has been commissioned  in collaboration with Rochdale Council and has been created by the M6 Theatre Company.

The play tells the story of Mr Popple who  feels lonely during lockdown and finds a way to connect with the neighbours in his street. A lovely and uplifting story for 2020.   Click on this link to view the trailer.



When we started singing

The full version of the 15 minute film



When we started singing (with BSL)

The full version of the play with British Sign Language.



A range of creative and fun follow up activities, inspired by the film and designed to help children connect with each other.

Resource Activity Pack








The soundtrack for the specially commissined song from the film is available here, along with the lyrics and backing track.







BSL Tutorial

Learn how to sign along with the song, so whilst children can’t sing with their voices in school – they can sign with their hands and hearts!


Online Evaluation Form

M6 Theatre Company would love to have your feedback about the play.



Bird Behaviour video by M6 Theatre

Bird Behaviour Power Point





Kindness Assembly PowerPoint to support use of the play


Assembly 1:   Theatre play “When We Started Singing” centring around kindness and the character of Mr Popple.

Assembly 2:  A follow up from the play, reflecting on the different ways we can be kind to each other.

Assembly 3: A focus on social action and kindness towards the world and nature. Children will have the opportunity to think about how they can look after the environment and make an environmental pledge as part of #iwill4nature.


Sign Supported English

We have some really valuable Sign Supported English clips that you can incorporate into your virtual linking programme this year. Find out more