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.
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.
“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
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.
6:45 - 9:00pm – Main Company – involving up to 40 people, with a wide range of abilities, working on 2 productions (Christmas & Summer) per year. The Main Company is currently at full capacity and operates a ‘waiting list’ system for new members.
5:15 - 6:00pm – Street Dance – routines often featured in gala events, showcases etc. – class size currently around 15 – limited availability.
6:00 - 7:30pm – Special Assignments Company – a collaboration between Blue Apple and Winchester University – specializing in… special events, including Hat Fair & Woolly Hat Fair – limited availability. Sessions at Winchester University.
12:00 - 4:00pm – Core Theatre Company – undertaking major touring projects (often with Arts Council of England support) as well as other high-profile events. Auditioned company.
1:30 - 2:30pm – Supported Dance – designed for people new to dance or with limited mobility – Places available. Sessions at The Discovery Centre.
2:30 - 4:00pm – Intermediary Dance – for people with some dance experience, and wanting to improve their skills. Places available. Sessions at The Discovery Centre.
4:15 - 5:30pm – Core Dance Company – undertaking major touring projects (often with Arts Council of England support) as well as other high-profile events. Auditioned company.