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Written by William Jessop
Director Peter Clerke
Choreography: Jo Harris
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Six actors from Blue Apple’s touring company, who themselves have learning disabilities, bring an authentic voice to this fearless and empowering examination of disability hate crime, mate crime and harassment.
Living Without Fear returns in a new version touring Autumn 2013, after two hugely successful runs in Spring 2013 and Autumn 2011. This original writing by William Jessop and inspired direction by Peter Clerke bring out difficult issues and tell the true story of what is happening in the lives of people with learning disabilities today. Great for all audiences and for training..
'One of the most powerful performances seen in Winchester for many years... moving… poignant... startling...wonderful.'
(The Hampshire Chronicle)
'A profoundly moving and challenging production. It deserves to be seen by a wide audience.’ (Professor Lord Alton)
'The play is remarkable at so many different levels – it is genuinely a prophetic work' (Revd Canon David Williams)
Developed in partnership with Hampshire police, Living Without Fear is a 45 minute touring production fully self-contained, with lights and sound. Click here to watch a short film extract, and here to see a report from ITV News Meridian.
How do we want to be judged?
Public and professional people of all ages, abilities, disabilities and backgrounds should see this and add their voice to the debate about issues which will eventually affect us all.
Living Without Fear raises important questions where there may not be easy answers. Most of all we hope this production will encourage everyone to take people with learning disability seriously and to listen and at least investigate if alarm bells ring in your head – for, yes, disability hate crime does happen.
Public and professional people of all ages, abilities, disabilities and backgrounds should see this and add their voice to the debate about important issues which may eventually affect us all.
Most of all we hope this production will encourage everyone to take people with learning disability seriously and to listen and at least investigate if alarm bells ring in your head – for, yes, disability hate crime does happen.'
Blue Apple actors took 'Living Without Fear', their fearless and empowering examination of disability hate crime, to Parliament by kind invitation of Mr Speaker John Bercow.
They performed in Speaker's House to an audience which included ministers, MPs, Members of the House of Lords and Chief Police Officers.
'This was something I personally will never forget, and I am truly thrilled. This was a very special evening which I know had a profound impact on everyone present. Blue Apple is not just a Winchester phenomenon, it is a national phenomenon' - Steve Brine MP
'They are such an inspiring group’ - Dame Anne Begg, Chair of Work and Pensions Select Committee
"I've seen the production twice now and it still makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck and leaves me prickling" Head Teacher
“One of the most valuable experiences we gave our students all year" Teacher
“Shocking..incredibly powerful... moving....very impressive....leaves you thinking what shall I do?” Chaplain
“It's important to raise awareness, now we can look out for it and can do something about it" Teenager
“It was incredible...thank you... I was so proud" Person with a learning disability
“Made a great impact on those present“ Audience member
“Produced exactly the open discussion that was desired from this piece. I think the majority of the audience were stunned by the ability of the young actors and actresses“ Social Care professional
It was one of the most powerful performances seen in Winchester for years. Blue Apple Theatre performed a special preview of their new piece, Living Without Fear, at the Discovery Centre in Jewry Street on Tuesday, May 24.
The group, which involves actors with learning disabilities, put on a blend of moving dance with poignant scenes of prejudice and hate crimes. Director Peter Clerke joined his troupe of actors to portray various characters either on the end of or dishing out abuse. Writer Will Jessop drew on the actor’s own experience as well as national news stories to flesh out the scenes. He merged comedy with serious storylines to give the audience a breather, a technique that paid off but also showed how quickly something ‘funny’ can get out of hand.
One character, Bobby, played by the very talented Tommy Jessop, was the victim of ‘mate crime’, where Peter Clerke’s neighbour wormed his way into his life posing as a friend before taking advantage of the vulnerable youth and abusing and threatening him.
Special mention must go to Jo Harris who choreographed a wonderful dance sequence as a break between scenes. The dance grew and grew as it was repeated before blossoming into a moving finale.
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