Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball are to star in a musical TV drama based on Victoria Wood’s stage play That Day We Sang, currently showing at the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre.
The BBC2 drama called Tubby and Enid will be directed by Wood, who has also adapted her own play.
Victoria Wood said: “Tubby and Enid brings together everything I love: singing, dancing, comedy, love and chips. A musical set in 1929 and 1969 complete with tap dancing children, singing coal men and possibly a tram was always going to be a big undertaking, and I’m very appreciative of the way everyone at the BBC has been so encouraging and supportive.”
THAT DAY WE SANG
By Victoria Wood. Directed by Sarah Frankcom.
Reinvented and re-orchestrated for the Royal Exchange’s unique space, THAT DAY WE SANG is a big-hearted and nostalgic Manchester love story for all the family, written by Victoria Wood, one of the country’s most distinctive and well-loved comedic voices.
In the summer of ‘69, insurance clerk Tubby and secretary Enid are back on stage at the Free Trade Hall. Granada Television are recording a documentary celebrating the forty years since they first stood there as children, singing their hearts out with fellow school pupils and accompanied by the Halle Orchestra. This is the humorous, warm and uplifting story of two people who are trying to reconnect with who they were then and who they could be now.
‘THAT DAY WE SANG is a play with songs and dancing and insurance men. It’s a love story… played against the background of The Wimpy, The Golden Egg, Piccadilly Gardens… it’s a very Mancunian story.’ Victoria Wood
5th December 2013 – 18 January 2014