Join us

Blue Apple are seeking new Trustees

Could you offer your skills as a Trustee of our innovative charity? 

Blue Apple is a highly ambitious theatre and dance company which brings all the benefits of taking part in the performing arts to adults, children and young people with learning disabilities, and enables them to present high quality theatre, dance and film productions to the widest possible audience. The company started under the auspices of Winchester and District Mencap in 2005, but since 2012 has been an independent and highly successful charity. As part of our succession planning we are now seeking to appoint new trustees who can bring to our current board further skills, dedication and vision.

The charity is looking for trustees with experience and knowledge in one of the following areas:

  • Industry specific experience in the arts
  • Charity governance
  • Business planning
  • Marketing and communications
  • Finance management
  • Legal
  • HR

This is an exciting time to join Blue Apple as we build on a highly successful event at the Globe Theatre, London in Spring, 2016 gaining coverage from Channel 4 and international interest, and look forward with our artistic team to continue to build upon that success and develop the company.

To register  your interest in becoming a Board member for Blue Apple, please complete the application form and send to the charity’s Chair of Trustees, Georgiana Robertson at georgianarob@btinternet.com by 16 December 2016

If you would like to have an informal discussion please email Georgiana Robertson at georgianarob@btinternet.com to arrange a telephone call/meeting.

We look forward to hearing from you. 

Click here to download the role specification (general)

Click here to download the role specification (arts professionals)

Click here to download the application form


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.

Sessions

All sessions at The Tower Arts Centre, Winchester unless otherwise specified.

Monday

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).

Tuesday

5:15 - 6:00pm – 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.

Wednesday

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.

Thursday

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. 


Volunteers

Blue Apple welcomes volunteers on and off stage. Please contact admin@blueappletheatre.com if you would like to offer help.


Work Experience

Blue Apple also offers work experience for people of all abilities in our office, front-of-house and backstage.


Help us make a difference

Blue Apple is dedicated to empowering people through theatre, dance and film. We are committed to make a growing impact on the most pressing issues facing people with learning disabilities – issues they share with many others in our community. 

This is an exciting time. Blue Apple is in its 10th year and we’re grateful for Big Lottery funding which has enabled our staffing structure to grow and for Blue Apple to start to take its high quality workshops out into the wider communities of Hampshire.

However for Blue Apple to continue, we need to match the Lottery funding pound for pound. We can only do this through the support of individuals, organisations and Trusts who generously donate money, time and expertise to enable Blue Apple to thrive.

Blue Apple uses theatre to transform lives and campaign for change. Please consider supporting us by making a donation or becoming a Friend of Blue Apple.

To find out more, please contact Associate Director, Nicola Peacock