Enpowering people through theatre, dance and film

Empowering people through theatre, dance and film


24 April 2015 - Blue Apple presents Much Ado About Nothing

Friday 24 April 7.30pm The Tower @ Kings', Romsey Road, Winchester. Tickets £10

A photo showing the Blue Apple Theatre actors having a bit of fun at rehearsals.“Friendship is constant in all other things, save in the office and affairs of love”

Claudio and Hero are in love and marriage is on the cards. However, there are those who are plotting to stop it. Beatrice and Benedick, meanwhile, can’t stand all that love stuff anyway.

Be prepared for lies, trickery, deception, misunderstanding, matchmaking, parental meddling and general chaos. All richly blended together with love, wit and humour.

Much Ado's mix of romance, borderline slapstick, verbal comedy, soaps and melodrama makes it a timeless piece of theatre that’s especially relevant to audiences new to Shakespeare.

Following their successful tour of Hamlet which was featured in the award winning documentary Growing Up Downs; Blue Apple returns with a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

Adapted specially for the company, Much Ado develops our reputation as a leader in theatre performance for actors with learning disabilities by tackling Shakespeare in unexpected, exciting and accessible new ways.

Working on professional mainstream stages, Blue Apple performs quality, powerful and thought-provoking theatre that attracts both mainstream and inclusive audiences.

A triumph for the cast and all involved in this life enhancing project
The Times

An extraordinary triumph
The Stage

27 February 2015 - Blue Apple is looking for new trustees

If you are interested to find out more, please take a look at our vacancies page.

14 January 2015 - Blue Apple Dancer Selected for Tour with Candoco

Photo of Katy Francis of Blue Apple Theatre appearing in their recent production of Arabian NightsBlue Apple Theatre performer Katy Francis is one of only fourteen dancers to be selected to join Candoco Dance Company on their national tour. Candoco is a contemporary dance company of disabled and non-disabled dancers.

Katy will be joining six of their company dancers to perform a piece by the French choreographer Jerome Bel called "The Show Must Go On".  It will tour to several venues in the UK, opening at Sadler’s Wells in London on March 20th.

You can see the full press release here.


1 January 2015 - Happy New Year

As we welcome in our 10th anniversary year, we want to share with you some past highlights. It’s been another landmark year for Blue Apple:

  • We had a triumphant final tour of Living Without Fear to ever growing audiences
  • There was the fabulous performance of Tales from the Arabian Nights at Theatre Royal Winchester
  • BBC Three’s Growing Up Down’s, won the TV Industry’s Creative Diversity Network Award for most ground-breaking programme - it followed actors from Blue Apple Theatre’s touring company as they set out to put on a touring production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
  • We launched new workshops at the University of Winchester and The Lights, Andover
  • Our production of Grimm Tales played to sell-out audiences, continuing Blue Apple’s tradition of bringing a fresh clear eye to familiar, well-loved stories.
  • We secured funding from the Big Lottery to enable us to extend Blue Apple’s reach across Hampshire over the next 5 years.

This was all possible due to the contribution of passionate volunteers, donors and freelance artists who dedicated their support, skills and enthusiasm to ensure that Blue Apple thrives.

2015 has started with great news that Arts Council England will be supporting our tour of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing – which means we only have £10,000 left to raise to make the 10th anniversary tour happen. If you feel you could support in any way, please get in touch.

1 January 2015 - A tribute to our Founder: Jane Jessop

click for full photoAs we enter our 10th year, we’d like to thank to our founder, Jane Jessop; without her vision, passion and determination, Blue Apple would simply not exist.

Jane founded Blue Apple in 2005 as part of Winchester Mencap. When her son Tommy became interested in acting and being unable to find something suitable locally, Jane decided to start a drama group herself. This makes it sound easy but it’s no mean feat especially for someone with no theatre background. Jane’s remarkable vision and enterprise led to Blue Apple’s growth, including its successful launch as an independent charity and in achieving Big Lottery funding.

Although Jane is taking a step back from her leadership role she will continue to support Blue Apple and spread the news of the incredible achievements of our performers.

11 November 2014 - 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.

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