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.

Around the World in Eighty Days

Thursday 16 June 7.30pm
Friday 17 June 7.30pm
Saturday 18 June 7.30pm

at Theatre Royal Winchester.


Mr. Phileas Fogg was, in 1872, one of the most striking members of the Reform Club. Though he always seemed to avoid attracting attention.

That is until, he uttered the fateful words… ‘Gentlemen, it is now possible to travel around the World in 80 days’. 

The gentlemen of the Reform disagree and bet against the feat. Fogg, accompanied by his single servant, Jean Passepartout, sets out to prove his point. 

Meanwhile, an audacious robbery has been committed at the Bank of England. It is thought the robber has most likely fled abroad and Chief Inspector Detective Fix is on the case. 

As Fogg embarks on his ’impossible’  journey, Fix becomes convinced that Fogg is the robber! 

Will Fogg win his bet? Will Fix catch Fogg? Will there be elephants and tsunamis live on stage? Maybe. 

Mayhem? Probably. 

A new adaptation of Jules Verne’s epic tale brought to you in an exciting collaboration between Blue Apple and The Occasion.

Tickets: £16 / Conc. £12 / Friends £10.50
Includes £1 restoration levy and £1 booking fee. 

Available in advance from the Theatre Royal Winchester box office. Tel. 01962 840440 or book online by clicking here.

The Occasion creates exciting and entertaining touring theatre and innovative community projects. 


Many thanks to Arts Council England for their funding of this show.

“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. 

Around the World in Eighty Days - Blue Apple take on the classic Jules Verne adventure story. Tickets on sale now.

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

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