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Giving Tuesday #CurtainUpCampaign for Blue Apple
The festive season is just around the corner, and we invite you to kick it off with us on Giving Tuesday!
Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving back. On the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and Black Friday, you’ll have the chance to join people around the world and support a cause close to your heart.
This Giving Tuesday, help us give the gift of performance to adults with learning disabilities. By joining the #CurtainUpCampaign, you’re providing bursaries for aspiring performers giving them the opportunity to feed their ambition to train in theatre, dance, film and song.
Cast members from Blue Apple's 2016 performance of It's A Wonderful Life - Photo by James Yeats-Brown
About Blue Apple
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.
24-year-old Sam Dace has always loved acting. From a very young age, he would act out scenes from his favourite films with his sisters and he could recite huge chunks of dialogue at the dinner table. Sam has Autism Spectrum Disorder, which means he struggles with communication and social interaction especially in group settings and unfamiliar places. He joined Blue Apple’s first steps drama group in Eastleigh 3.5 years ago and very quickly progressed to Blue Apple’s Main Company in Winchester – performing in major productions at the Theatre Royal Winchester, including a leading role as Peter in The Railway Children.
Sam says: “It’s been quite the adventure, it’s led me a long way. Blue Apple classes challenge me, and I try to cope, yet it’s not easy sometimes.”
His mum Sally says acting with Blue Apple has been a huge confidence boost for Sam: “Sam finds it hard to relate to others, he does not make friends easily and has difficulties understanding some types of communication. It’s been wonderful to see his confidence grow through acting.”
Sam Dace pictured in Blue Apple's 2021 rehearsals
The difference Blue Apple makes: building confidence and friendships
In general, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can experience a poorer quality of life and social isolation. The increase in confidence gained through stage performances has helped Blue Apple participants to enhance their social, personal and artistic skills and also achieve public recognition for their talents.
At Blue Apple, we have a goal to give aspiring performers the gift of a bursary to train in theatre, dance, film and song. With your help, we can make this a reality.
Will you help us send these performers to Blue Apple? #CurtainUpCampaign
Cast members from Blue Apple's 2019 performance of The Tempest - Photo by Mike Hall