New year, new sessions, new dates

We've added two new weekly creative sessions at The Lights in Andover to go alongside our other sessions based in Eastleigh and Winnall. For further details and dates, times and prices, please see below.


Empowering people through theatre, dance and film

Blue Apple was founded in 2005. Through the skills and enhanced confidence gained through the arts we seek to change the way people see and understand learning disability.

Further, to raise the ceiling of expectation for people with learning disabilities.

We provide a programme of dance & drama sessions tailored to individual needs for over 70 people. All activity is designed to build and sustain improved confidence and physical and mental wellbeing while, at the same time, producing exciting, engaging and inspiring art.


New weekly theatre and drama sessions at The Lights, Andover

If you enjoy drama, creating plays, and trying out different types of theatre techniques such as puppetry, mask, and movement skills then this is for you.

Open to all - no previous experience of theatre or drama needed, and no auditions! Just come along and enjoy.  Explore, play and devise your own work with local professional companies Blue Apple and TreeCreeper Theatre CIC.

Sessions take place on Thursdays at The Lights, Andover

Session 1: 2.15pm - 3.15pm

Suitable for people aged 16+ and for those with learning disabilities

Session 2: 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Suitable for ages 7 - 11 years old and for those with learning disabilities

  • Your first session with us is free. Further sessions are £5 per person, per session
  • Sessions run Thursday 9th March - Thursday 1st June (no sessions on 13th & 20th April)

Taster Sessions: 

Wednesday 22nd February: 2 - 2.30pm (7-11yrs) and 2.30pm - 3pm (16+)

To book your place please contact Blue Apple by emailing admin@blueappletheatre.com or telephoning Blue Apple on 07510 844 480 or TreeCreeper on 07582 949 755


New weekly creative dance sessions at The Lights, Andover

Blue Apple are launching new weekly creative dance sessions on Wednesdays at The Lights, Andover. So if you enjoy dance, creating movement, and trying out different types of dance techniques then this is for you.

There will be two sessions available to suit your experience and preferred pace.

Session 1: 1pm - 2pm

A movement based class to build confidence, creativity and develop mobility in a fun and stimulating environment. Sessions help to develop rhythm, body awareness and enable members to experience dance and movement at a beginner’s pace. A great class for first time movers! Support workers and carers welcomed.

Session 2: 2pm - 3pm
 
A faster paced inclusive dance class that aims to develop dance skills and also an understanding of performance. Sessions help to develop confidence, creativity and technical ability to enable participants to learn routines and also create their own dance pieces.

  • Suitable for those aged 16+ with learning disabilities
  • First session is free. Further sessions are £5 per person per session
  • 25th January – 5th April (no session 22nd February for half term) 

To book your place please contact Blue Apple by emailing admin@blueappletheatre.com or telephoning Blue Apple on 07510 844480.


New after school drama club in Winnall, Winchester

Come along and explore your imagination, create fantastical characters, make up your own stories and explore a world of adventure.

Explore, play and devise your own work with local professional companies Blue Apple and TreeCreeper.

  • Open to ages 7 - 11
  • Sessions take place on Tuesdays from 3.30 - 5.00 p.m. at Winnall Community Association Hall
  • 17th January – 4th April (no session 21st February for half term) 
  • Your first session with us is free. Further sessions are £3 per child, per session

To book your place please contact Blue Apple by emailing admin@blueappletheatre.com or telephoning Blue Apple on 07510 844480 or TreeCreepers on 07582 949755.


New weekly sessions in Eastleigh

In collaboration with TreeCreeper Theatre, Blue Apple are launching new weekly creative theatre and drama sessions at The Point, Eastleigh. So if you enjoy drama, creating plays, and trying out different types of theatre techniques such as puppetry, mask, and movement skills then this is for you.
 
The sessions are open to all - no previous experience of theatre or drama needed, and definitely no auditions! Just come along and enjoy.

  • Suitable for those aged 16+ with learning disabilities
  • Sessions take place from 10.30am - 12 noon at The Point, Eastleigh
  • 17th January – 4th April (no session 21st February for half term) 
  • Your first session with us is free. Further sessions are £5 per person, per session.

People are welcome to join at any time. Please contact us before coming to your first session.

To book your place please contact Blue Apple by emailing admin@blueappletheatre.com
or telephoning Blue Apple on 07510 844480 or TreeCreepers on 07582 949755


A big thanks to Osborne

Blue Apple welcome's Osborne as a new Corporate Supporter and thanks them for their generous support of the company.  

If like Osborne, your company would like to assist Blue Apple either 'in kind', through a donation, sponsorship or as part of your CSR strategy please contact Associate Director, Nicola Peacock

Thank you to Kings' School for their support in kind enabling Blue Apple to build much needed storage. 


“Blue Apple is a fantastic initiative. The work requires great discipline, concentration, memory, the development of language and physical skills and the need to work collaboratively with a wide range of other people.” - Arts Development Officer, Hampshire County Council


Blue Apple at The Globe

Blue Apple's Core members took to the stage at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at The Globe, London in March 2016. Channel 4 News were in attendance and the clip below has now been viewed more than five million times.

Learning difficulties won't stop them acting Shakespeare

“Unless you’re given a fair chance then they will not know what you, the individual, can do.” Meet the actors with Down’s Syndrome and other learning difficulties challenging expectations by performing Shakespeare.

Posted by Channel 4 News on Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Sessions

Anyone, who is aged 16 years or over, can apply to join Blue Apple. We are open to people both with and without learning difficulties - what matters is a desire to take part and to make a contribution.

All sessions at The Tower Arts Centre, Winchester unless otherwise specified.

Monday

6:45 - 9:00pm – Main Company – This is a drama and theatre group catering for a wide range of abilities. Working on two main productions per year (usually Christmas & Summer).

Tuesday

5:15 - 6:00pm – Street Dance – This group focusses on Street Dance, learning and developing choreography, and working towards small scale performances often featured in gala events, showcases and by invitation..

6:00 - 7:30pm – Special Assignments Company – This is a drama and theatre group with a focus on special events such as Hat Fair and Wooly Hat Fair. This group is in partnership with University of Winchester. Sessions are held at University of Winchester.

Wednesday

12:00 - 4:00pm – Core Theatre Company – This is a small ensemble theatre group undertaking major projects (often with Arts Council England support) and high profile events. This group is for more experienced performers and entry is usually by audition.

Thursday

1:30 - 2:30pm – Supported Dance – Designed for people new to dance or with limited mobility.
Sessions are held at the Discovery Centre, Winchester.

2:30 - 4:00pm – Intermediary  Dance – Designed for people with some dance experience and wanting to improve their skills. Sessions are held at the Discovery Centre, Winchester.

4:15 - 5:30pm – Core Dance Company – This is a small company undertaking major touring projects (often with Arts Council England support) and high profile events. This group is for more experienced dancers and entry is usually by audition. 


Could you be a Trustee with Blue Apple Theatre? Follow the link formore information as to how you could make a real contribution to our innovative organisation. Please click here for more information.


More than five million views of this piece about Blue Apple from Channel 4 News.


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