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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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.

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

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


Warren Rickman commented

Good luck with you projects with love and blessings

14th December 2021 at 8:44pm
Timothy Conway commented

Brilliant theatre!

6th December 2021 at 2:06pm
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Simon Maunder commented

Keep making great shows guys and girls!

2nd December 2021 at 8:16am
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Rebecca Seymour commented

I found more than 40p down the sofa ❤️

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