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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 groups and sessions

Days and times for the Autumn 2018 season, starting 10 September


3.15pm - 4.30pm - Drama at Osborne School, Winchester (after-school club)

2.30pm - 3.30pm - Drama at Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham

6.00pm - 7.30pm - Epic Drama at Forest Arts Centre, New Milton (ages 10+)

7.00pm - 9.00pm - 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


12.15pm - 4.00pm - Blue Apple Core Drama at The University of Winchester     

6.15pm - 8.30pm - Drama at The School Of Art, Winchester


1.30pm - 3.00pm - Winchester Dance Group at The University of Winchester

3.30pm - 4.30pm - Drama at Ickneild School, Andover (after-school club)

Waiting List:

Access Drama Winchester District

Ensemble Drama Eastleigh Borough

Ensemble Drama Andover

Please contact Blue Apple for further information about any of the groups and sessions.

“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 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


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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.

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