Blue Apple Theatre

RCN 1151078, Winchester

Blue Apple seeks to challenge prejudice by creating ambitious opportunities for performers who have learning disabilities and showcasing their talents to the widest possible audience.

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Blue Apple makes a huge difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities.

We believe people with learning disabilities should be treated equally and fairly both in the arts and beyond. Our mission is to challenge prejudices through high-quality and inclusive artistic practices, enabling people with learning disabilities to achieve excellence in all levels of their life.

Our performers are coached by professionals to continually develop their skills in innovative drama, dance, singing and film projects.

Our evidence-based research shows us that - through Blue Apple classes and productions - our talented performers gain confidence, increase their fitness levels, develop friendships – all of which will benefit their mental health and wellbeing.

We are also a registered charity and rely heavily on the generous support of individuals, companies, trusts and foundations in order to continue our pioneering work.

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.  

Meet Sam...

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


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Marilyn Weston commented

We’ll done Ed and co. Hopefully you enjoyed the day.

11th April 2022 at 1:47pm
Kim Gottlieb commented

Very well done

8th April 2022 at 6:56pm
Mark Ward commented

We’ll done Ed. 👍😎

8th April 2022 at 6:45pm
Linda Knutsen commented

Go Ed and Jim !

8th April 2022 at 6:18pm

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