Polly Troup (Member and Volunteer) has been working with Blue Apple since the early days. She spoke to Susan Morris about her time with the company.
How long have you been with Blue Apple?
Oh, I started way back, when the director was Anita [Rogers]. Within that time, it is literally unbelievable how I’ve seen the group grow. I’ve been in Midsummer Nights’ Dream, The Government Inspector, Hamlet, Arabian Nights, The Selfish Giant, Hotel. I’ve also helped with front of house, backstage, costume, lighting and stage management.
I went to Buckingham Palace with Chris for the award [Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service]. And I’ve helped with the Blue Apple Ball; we went to a design workshop in Winnall to make the blue apples. And fundraising, collecting outside Sainsbury’s.
I also volunteer at the Live at Home Scheme at the United Reformed Church, for older people with dementia. I’m a wheelchair pusher, and I help at the Singing [for Wellbeing]. I’m doing a First Aid training course there this week. And I do cooking.
It would be good for other Blue Apple members to come and be involved with other groups, like fundraising for other charities, whatever is safe for them.
What were your favourite Blue Apple shows?
I was Moth in Midsummer Night’s Dream. That was the best one, because we used the whole place, in the White Room, outside, in the foyer, in the theatre. And Arabian Nights.
What would you like to do with Blue Apple in the future?
I would love to go on a tour.
What’s it like being on stage? Do you find it nerve-wracking?
Difficult to say. If I have loads of words … if I make a mistake it would be awful. It’s a responsibility, staying professional and stuff like that. But everyone is important: the ones who don’t get the chance to speak lines, they can make a really nice sentence out of one or two words, and that’s really quite cool. I have just two lines to say in Around The World in 80 Days. I’d much rather go up in little stages. I don’t want to feel as if I’m rushed or pressured. I’ve noticed with some people, the pressure wins out with some people, having to work in a large group.
You are obviously very aware of other people’s needs
Oh, Blue Apple is definitely a caring group, everyone genuinely does look out for each other. The minute something’s not right, someone will say – and it’s nice that we all look out for each other. There’s a lot to cope with here: the stairs, the space, 40 plus people. This place has been the safest place for me, ever since the beginning – I know that I can come here and there are people to talk to.