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 – This is a drama and theatre group catering for a wide range of abilities. Working on two main productions per year (usually Christmas & Summer).
6:00 - 7:00pm – 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.
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.
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.