Enpowering people through theatre, dance and film

Empowering people through theatre, dance and film


Queen's Award for Voluntary Service awarded to Blue Apple Theatre in 2012



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Visits in 2014

Blue Apple Theatre is a highly ambitious theatre company which brings all the benefits of taking part in theatre to performers who have learning disabilities and enables them to present high quality productions to the widest possible audience in a variety of large and small scale productions, touring theatre and film.

Blue Apple Theatre believes that direct involvement in the arts greatly helps in the building of a more inclusive and equal society.

We welcome invitations and commissions for workshops, theatrical productions, pop up performances, and film.

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Support Us

To keep up to date with all the latest Blue Apple Theatre news and join our mailing list, please email your contact details to admin@blueappletheatre.com

We have an active 'Friends of Blue Apple Theatre' programme and welcome new Friends and sponsors.

Blue Apple uses theatre to transform lives and campaign for change. Giving a donation of £10 or £20 or whatever you can afford, can make a huge difference in offering people with a learning disability opportunities they may not otherwise have had.  It also assists in helping to change public and professional perceptions and attitudes.


8 Dec Our Post Code has changed!

With immediate effect our office address postcode has been changed from SO22 5PW to SO22 5PD, the remainder of the address remaining as it was before. It has been updated on this website to reflect the new address which is now as follows:

Blue Apple Theatre

The Tower at Kings’

Romsey Road


SO22 5PD

11 Nov Growing Up Down's wins top TV Award

Photo from stage of Rose Theatre Kingston looking out at audience during curtain calls for Hamlet in 2012Growing Up Down's wins TV's Creative Diversity Network Groundbreaking Programme award 2014.

The incredible story of Blue Apple Theatre’s touring company who performed Shakespeare’s Hamlet to over 3,500 people was told in William Jessop’s funny, intimate and uplifting documentary on BBC 3.

Fabulous documentary. A triumph for the cast, BBC3 and for everyone involved in this life-enhancing projectThe Times

Copies of the DVD are available via www.growingupdowns.co.uk - order yours today!

Blue Apple is planning a touring production of one of Shakespeare's comedies for spring 2015.

To join our mailing list please email admin@blueappletheatre.com.

11 Nov Mayor chooses Blue Apple Theatre as one of her charities

Photo of Cllr Eileen Berry the Mayor of Winchester 2014-15Cllr Eileen Berry, the Mayor of Winchester, has announced the following fund-raising events for next year, part of the proceeds of which will go towards supporting Blue Apple Theatre:

9 January 2015 – The Mayor’s Annual Charities Quiz Night
in Winchester Guildhall at 7pm with Winchester’s own Egg Head Kevin Ashman.
Tickets £6 available from the Tourist Information

27 February 2015 – Old Time Music Hall at the Theatre Royal at 7.30pm
Tickets are £20 each available from the Tourist Information Office and there are best dressed prizes

7 March 2015 – Tri Service Boxing in Winchester Guildhall.
Black Tie, 3 course dinner and auction - £80 for a Ringside table.  Single bookings and tables of 10 with a 10% discount on booking a table of 10.  Also available are seats in the gallery at £20.  Tickets available from Tourist Information.

28 Oct Next Production Announced

Clip for publicity from the upcoming Blue Apple Theatre production of Grimm TalesBlue Apple Theatre presents a selection of stories from the Brothers Grimm...

Be transported into a magical world where not everything is quite what it seems.

Deliciously scary Hansel & Gretel and well-loved classic Rumpelstiltskin meet some lesser known fairy stories from the Brothers Grimm…

How might a mouse, a bird and a sausage get on? Who are the Musicians of Bremen? And just how can a hedgehog outrun a hare?

All will be revealed in a lively and alluring evening’s entertainment.

Thursday 4, Friday 5 and Saturday 6 December 7.30pm

The Tower at Kings', Romsey Road, Winchester.

Tickets £10 & £8 on sale now from Theatre Royal Box Office 01962 840440

Would you like to join Blue Apple Theatre?

Look out for these new groups starting in Andover and Winchester

Andover at The Lights

Tuesdays 2.30 - 4pm

Have fun acting and working towards a short performance.

Winchester at
the University of Winchester

Tuesdays 6:00 - 7:30pm

Work towards a performance as part of the Christmas Production at the Tower.

 EasyreadEasyread logoIf you are interested in joining either of these groups, please download this contact form and send it back to us by email to admin@blueappletheatre.com or by post to:

Blue Apple Theatre
The Tower at Kings
Romsey Road
Winchester SO22 5PW

Or you can phone and leave a message 07510 844480. Please tell us your name when you phone.

Lottery funded

22 June Blue Apple Theatre on Meridian News

A screenshot from the ITV News Meridian article about the final rehearsals for the Blue Apple Theatre production of Arabian NightsLookout for us during the Meridian News programme on ITV at 6pm tonight taken at our final rehearsals for Arabian Nights.

3 June Lottery Funding

We were delighted to receive a major grant of £293,500 spread over 5 years from the Big Lottery Fund. This was awarded because they recognised that Blue Apple uses power of taking part in theatre to enable people with learning disabilities to explore and develop their skills and self-confidence.

The grant will help us to continue our work  and develop new outreach sessions,  however this is based on matched funding, and in order to keep offering Blue Apple sessions, we still need support from grant funders, sponsors and friends.

Living Without Fear

A photo showing a close-up of one of the actors in the Blue Apple Theatre production of Living Without FearBlue Apple's powerful, challenging response to disability hate crime has been touring nationally over the last 3 years, including a performance in Parliament by kind invitation of Mr Speaker John Bercow to an audience which included ministers, MPs, Members of the House of Lords and Chief Police Officers. To book a performance please contact admin@blueappletheatre.com

We are currently fundraising to make a film based on Living Without Fear for use in schools.

See the short video shown on ITV News Meridian.

Sparkly Blue Apple Ball

Sparkly Blue Apple Ball August 2013in Winchester Great Hall with a Thai banquet, an amazing auction, and pop up acting from the Blue Apple Theatre company.

With very grateful thanks to the Bangkok Brasserie, Jude's ice cream, The Great Hall events team, Hampshire County Council, Cala homes, and all our sponsors and donors.


Paul's Story

A shot from the Blue Apple Theatre film "Paul's Story" which looks at disability hate crime'Paul's Story' is a 20 minute film about disability hate crime that was commissioned by the Home Office Community Action Against Crime Innovation Fund, developed in partnership with Hampshire Constabulary and made with around 100 volunteers from the local community. Previewed in Winchester on June 1st

Lottery funded

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"An extraordinary triumph" - The Stage

Click here for video of the stunning 2012 tour.

Scene from the Blue Apple Theatre production of Hamlet showing the ghost with Hamlet kneeling in front

An extraordinary new vision of Hamlet. The greatest play in the world - as you've never seen it before...

This fresh, fearless and funny adaptation uses Shakespeare's original language.

Think you know Hamlet? Think again!

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Registered office: Blue Apple Theatre, The Tower at Kings, Romsey Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 5PD

Tel: 07510 844480 info@blueappletheatre.com

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