The Main Company consists of approximately 40 members, around 25 of whom have some degree of learning disability.
The company, annually, produces two shows. These, for the past five years, have been at Christmas, in Blue Apple’s base, at The Tower at Kings' School; and another, during June / July, at Theatre Royal Winchester.
All productions are fully supported by professional, and highly experienced, artistic and technical teams.
We strongly believe that creating inclusive theatre is important in building bridges of understanding and respect between different community groups.
Special Assignments Company
The Special Assignment Company was created as a response to Blue Apple’s ever growing ‘waiting list.’ After initial workshops, conversations began with the University of Winchester and the SAC was born. The idea was that the company would be formed with University students working alongside people with learning disabilities; all with equal status.
Over the past year the SAC have performed at Theatre Royal as part of the Mayor’s charity gala with their melodrama Family on the Frontline; a hugely successful appearance as walkabout tourists, The MisTrips, as part of Hat Fair; and, most recently, as ‘Door 8’ at P&G Wells Bookshop, Winchester, as part of The Woolly Hat Fair’s Advent Calendar project.
Blue Apple Core
The Core Company represents Blue Apple in major touring and other high-profile events. Membership is by audition.
Since 2011, the Core Company has undertaken three tours of Living Without Fear (2011-14), a national tour of Hamlet (2012) and two tours of Much Ado About Nothing (2015).
Venues performed in have pretty well straddled the length and breadth of England, from Cornwall to Liverpool & Manchester; with a lovely diversion to Jersey along the way.
The company is extremely grateful for support from The Arts Council of England in being able to undertake this work.