News


22/11/2018

Spring season dates

Our workshop timetable for the spring season has now been published - find the dates here.


19/11/2018

Tickets on sale now for A Christmas Carol

Your winter festivities won’t feel complete without an encounter with Scrooge – and this season Scrooge will definitely be unlike any other! Join Blue Apple at Theatre Royal Winchester on 11/12/13 January for an innovative new adaptation of what is, for many, the ultimate winter classic.

This will be the Dickens story you know and love but much more… There will be snow and there will be ghosts, but filtered through Blue Apple’s unique style of uplifting theatre that includes drama, dance, puppetry, music and film - you should expect an old tale with a new twist.

Blue Apple begins its new year exploring the spirit of ‘reconciliation’ with a story about how to reach out, build bridges and warm long-cold hearts.

Tickets can be purchased now from the Theatre Royal Winchester box office at: https://www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk/a-christmas-carol/ or call 01962 840440.


18/10/2018

Blue Apple is recruiting: Freelance Fundraiser

Blue Apple Theatre is seeking an experienced freelance fundraiser to support its current fundraising programme, including a major grant submission as well as smaller applications.

Blue Apple’s success has seen demand rise and our geographic scope has rapidly expanded towards the creation of a countywide service offering a framework of progression outcomes for participants, with further groups likely to develop in the 2018-2019 period.

We are looking for a fundraiser with a track record of successful bid writing for outcomes-focussed creative businesses, and language skills that demonstrate clarity and passion.

This work is offered as a freelance contract for a fee of £3,000 – expected to cover approximately 20 days activity within the period from early November to the end of December 2018. It is anticipated that additional commissions will also arise in the future.

To apply please send a brief letter outlining your interest in the opportunity, your experience and examples of successful fundraising work to: manager@blueappletheatre.com.

The deadline for applications is Friday 26 October.


02/07/2018

Blue Apple is recruiting: Finance Manager and Company Secretary (part-time)

Blue Apple Theatre wishes to engage an experienced finance manager to maintain its financial records, oversee budget management and fulfil its financial reporting and other statutory obligations. Applicants will preferably have a thorough understanding of the compliance requirements of small charities to additionally fulfil the functions of company secretary for the organisation.

Founded in 2005 and based in Winchester, Blue Apple is an inspirational and ambitious theatrical company that supports performers with learning disabilities to develop and present high quality productions for the widest possible audiences – performing and touring theatre, dance and film within a variety of large and small scale venues around Hampshire and the southern regions, as well as nationally and internationally.

This is a part-time role of 1.5 days per week, able to be worked on a flexible basis to fit the successful applicant’s schedule. This post will initially be offered on a one-year fixed-term contract with the potential to extend in future years.

Please download the job description, then download and complete the application form together with the equal opportunities form and send to: admin@blueappletheatre.com.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 18 July 2018 at 5pm. It is envisaged that interviews will take place in the week beginning 23 July 2018.


30/06/2018

Hat Fair 2018

Blue Apple’s Special Assignments Company will be presenting their new piece of street theatre, ‘Mother, Mater, Co-Creator', at the world famous Hat Fair event in Winchester on Saturday - please come along to enjoy the show and show your support for this wonderful creative team.

At 12 noon you can follow their brief walkabout performance from Abbey Gardens to the Cathedral Outer Close, where the show begins at 12.10pm. More info here: https://hatfair.co.uk/events/mother-mater-co-creator/


04/06/2018

Newsletter

The latest Blue Apple newsletter has now been published. You can read it here.


23/05/2018

Blue Apple has updated its privacy policy. You can read the policy here.


16/05/2018

Summer Show

Tickets for Blue Apple's latest major production, 'Winchester! The First 100,000,000 Years', are now on sale at https://www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk/winchester-the-first-100000000-years.

This year’s show is titled ‘Winchester! The First 100,000,000 Years’ and features a whistle-stop exploration of the history of the city that the company calls ‘home’.

Through Blue Apple’s unique style of uplifting theatre that includes drama, dance, puppetry and multimedia effects, the new show promises to throw the spotlight on well-known and more obscure historical facts, as well as sometimes playing with the truth for comedic effect.

The play has been written by Blue Apple’s artistic director, Richard Conlon, and the large integrated  ensemble cast is comprised of experienced local actors with learning disabilities alongside non-disabled people. Many of Blue Apple’s performers have performed and toured extensively throughout the south of England, including a show at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London in 2016.

Richard commented, “This is certainly a show for everyone who loves Winchester, as well as anybody that doesn’t! It’s a love letter to a particular place and its individual history, but we will also poke a little bit of fun at it too.”

The show will run from 21-23 June and tickets are now on sale, priced £19 and £14 concessions – schools and friends of Theatre Royal Winchester can also apply for discounted block bookings.

Blue Apple’s general manger, Simon Morris, added: “As always we will be staging a bold and ambitious production and we hope that as many people as possible will come along to be inspired by and support the integration of performers with disabilities into the mainstream cultural scene.”


25/04/2018

Blue Apple appears on USA TV  

During our recent USA residency at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, our community workshops were filmed by WHSV television news. You can watch 2 clips here: http://www.whsv.com/content/news/Blue-Apple-theater-makes-first-trip-to-the-US-to-visit-the-Valley-479552453.html

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16/04/2018

Blue Apple groups and sessions

Days and times for the Summer 2018 season, starting 16 April

Mondays:

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

2.30 - 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 Tower, Winchester

Tuesdays:     

10.30am - 12noon - Access Drama at The Point, Eastleigh

1.30pm - 2.30pm - NEW Singing Group at the Friends Meeting House, Winchester

5.15pm - 6.00pm - Street Dance at The Tower, Winchester

6.00pm - 7.30pm - Special Assignments Company at The University Of Winchester

Wednesdays:

12noon - 4.00pm - Blue Apple Core Drama at The Tower, Winchester         

1.30pm - 3.30pm - Ensemble Drama and Dance Group at The Lights, Andover

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

Thursdays:

1.30pm - 2.30pm - Dance at The Discovery Centre group 1, Winchester

2.30pm - 4.00pm - Dance at The Discovery Centre group 2, Winchester

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

4.15pm - 5.30pm - Blue Apple Core Dance at The Discovery Centre, Winchester

Coming soon:

Winnall Drama Group, Winchester     
Stanmore Drama Group, Winchester     
Access Drama at The Lights, Andover

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


04/01/2018

Blue Apple groups and sessions

Days and times for the Spring 2018 season, starting 8 January

Mondays:

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

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

6.00pm - 7.30pm - Epic Drama at Forest Arts Centre, New Milton

7.00pm - 9.00pm - Drama at The Tower, Winchester

Tuesdays:     

10.30am - 12noon - Access Drama at The Point, Eastleigh

5.15pm - 6.00pm - Street Dance at The Tower, Winchester

6.00pm - 7.30pm - Special Assignments Company at The University Of Winchester

Wednesdays:

12noon - 4.00pm - Blue Apple Core Drama at The Tower, Winchester         

1.00pm - 2.00pm - Ensemble Drama at The Lights, Andover

2.00pm - 3.00pm - Ensemble Dance at The Lights, Andover

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

Thursdays:

1.30pm - 2.30pm - Dance at The Discovery Centre group 1, Winchester

2.30pm - 4.00pm - Dance at The Discovery Centre group 2, Winchester

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

4.15pm - 5.30pm - Blue Apple Core Dance at The Discovery Centre, Winchester

Coming soon:

Winnall Drama Group, Winchester     
Stanmore Drama Group, Winchester     
Access Drama at The Lights, Andover

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


01/11/2018

Blue Apple presents

A King’s City Christmas

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‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the town,
A pilgrim walks silent with our own ancient Crown…

The start of the Christmas period in Winchester is marked by many special things and one of them is the Blue Apple winter show; this year we take our inspiration from the city itself.

Come and join our timeless Pilgrim as he takes on the task of reminding our very own King Alfred what a remarkable place his city is. The king has stood and looked on from above for so long that he needs someone to refresh his jaded eyes.

Tender, bittersweet but ultimately uplifting, A King’s City Christmas is a love letter to an extraordinary place. Told with Blue Apple’s unique charm, wit and sense of mischief this piece is the perfect way to kick-start your festivities with a spring in your step and joy in your heart.
 
“Tonight we’ll play you the voices of this city’s choir, the tiles in the mosaic that makes up this place. Come along now and we’ll spend this night together in search of the soul of a city.”

Wednesday 6 December 7.30pm
Thursday 7 December 7.30pm
Friday 8 December 7.30pm
Saturday 9 December 7.30pm

The Tower Theatre @ Kings’, Romsey Road, Winchester, SO22 5PD

Tickets: £12 / Concessions £8
Includes £1 booking fee 

Available in advance from
Theatre Royal Winchester box office.
Tel. 01962 840440 or book online at
www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk