Our valiant Artistic Director Richard is running his first ever marathon in Paris on 14 April. Typical of his dedication, he is doing it to raise funds for Blue Apple - so why not reward him for all his months of training with a donation?
If you live in Winchester and shop at Waitrose in Weeke, you can also support Blue Apple by voting for us with your green tokens in March - the more votes we get, the larger the share of this month’s Community Matters funding pot we will receive.
Our workshop timetable for the spring season has now been published - find the dates here.
The most recent Blue Apple newsletter has been published - you can read it here.
Empowering people through performance
Founded in 2005 and based in Winchester, Blue Apple is an ambitious theatrical company that supports performers with learning disabilities to develop and present high quality productions for the widest possible audience – performing and touring theatre, dance and film within a variety of large and small scale venues around Hampshire and the southern regions.
Blue Apple is committed to the development of integrated and progressive opportunities within the arts for people with learning disabilities, to raise the ceiling of expectation and advocate for the development of a more inclusive and equal society. The increase in confidence gained through stage performances has helped Blue Apple participants to enhance their social, personal and artistic skills and achieve public recognition for their talents.
“Blue Apple is a team builder. It builds both you as a person and as a character as well.”
- James Benfield, Blue Apple Core performer
“Every time I see a Blue Apple production, it moves and inspires me and impresses me with its beauty and wit.”
- Professor Alec Charles, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Winchester
“The infectious enthusiasm on stage was really life-affirming. The performances delivered the story with huge integrity.”
- Audience member, 2017 production 'Changes'
“Blue Apple Theatre is a fantastic place to meet new people and to make friends. You have to get on with people and work together as a team. It is about trust and focus, helping others with their lines, doing my best in rehearsals as well as in performances, being positive and taking the initiative.”
- Ros Davies, Blue Apple Core performer
Blue Apple groups and sessions
Days and times for the Spring 2019 season, starting 7 January
3.15pm - 4.30pm - Drama at Osborne School, Winchester (after-school club)
2.30pm - 3.30pm - Access Drama at Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham
6.00pm - 7.30pm - Epic Drama at Forest Arts Centre, New Milton (ages 10+)
7.00pm - 9.00pm - Main Company Drama at The University Of Winchester
1.30pm - 2.30pm - Singing Group at the Friends Meeting House, Winchester
5.00pm - 6.00pm - Street Dance at The Tower, Winchester
6.00pm - 7.30pm - Special Assignments Company at The University Of Winchester
12noon - 4.00pm - Blue Apple Core Drama at The University Of Winchester
2.00pm - 3.30pm - Ensemble Drama at Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Totton in partnership with the Minstead Trust
6.15pm - 8.30pm - Main Company Drama at The School Of Art, Winchester
1.30pm - 2.30pm - Winchester Dance Group at the Discovery Centre, Winchester
3.30pm - 4.30pm - Drama at Ickneild School, Andover (after-school club)
Please contact Blue Apple for further information about any of the groups and sessions.
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In 2016 Blue Apple Core performers took to the stage at Shakespeare's Globe in London. Channel 4 News came to see and the clip below has now been viewed more than seven million times.
The award-winning film Growing Up Downs followed Blue Apple Core performers during their tour of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.