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Blue Apple Theatre - Stage Company - Winchester Monday

Monday evenings 6.30–8.30pm

Drama sessions for people over 18 with learning disabilities leading to big scale public shows at Theatre Royal Winchester. We support participants to develop creativity and improve their social skills and confidence. Fun but serious sessions for those with high ambitions. Monday 6.30-8.30pm - Drama at The Stripe Studio at University of Winchester

Blue Apple is an ambitious creative company that supports performers with learning disabilities to develop theatre, dance and film productions that are performed within a variety of large and small scale public venues. The company received considerable attention following a Channel 4 News feature about its performances at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2016, and its production of Hamlet was the subject the subject of the award-winning TV documentary Growing Up Down’s.

“Blue Apple is a team builder. It builds both you as a person and as a character as well.” - James Benfield, Blue Apple performer

“The infectious enthusiasm on stage was really life-affirming. The performances delivered the story with huge integrity.” - Audience member, 2017 Changes production

Who to contact

Contact Name
Elisabeth Yeats-Brown
Contact Position
01962 827352
07510 844 480
Blue Apple Theatre website

Contact details

Elisabeth Yeats-Brown


01962 827352

07510 844 480 

Where to go

The Stripe Studio at University of Winchester
Sparkford Road
SO22 4NR

There is a campus map for University of Winchester here: Campus-Map.pdf (

The Stripe is at 25 on this map

Wheelchair access, Accessible toilets

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday evenings 6.30–8.30pm
Time of day
Session Information
The Main Company consists of approximately 32 performers who have a learning disability. The company produces two major public shows every year that are usually based on ‘classic’ texts
including Shakespeare plays. Both our summer and winter productions are usually staged at Theatre Royal Winchester and are fully supported by professional
and highly experienced
artistic and technical teams. We strongly believe that creating inclusive theatre is important in building bridges of understanding and respect between different community groups. Classes follow the school academic term and take place weekly (no half-term)

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
25 per month
Cost £25 per month, £100 per term or £300 per year. Usually payable in advance. Commitment to Companies is for a year.


Referral required
Other notes

Contact us for further information and registration form.

Local Offer

Local Offer
What does your service do?

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.

The charity’s participation programme has been steadily growing in scope towards a Hampshire-wide model and the performance programme has been actively increasing in scale and ambition.

Blue Apple is committed to the development of integrated and progressive opportunities within the arts for people with learning disabilities, to raise the ceiling of expectation and advocate for the development of a more inclusive and equal society. The increase in confidence gained through stage performances has helped Blue Apple participants to enhance their social, personal and artistic skills and achieve public recognition for their talents.

Who does your service provide for?

People with learning disabilities aged 18+

How can I start using the service?

Contact us for further information and registration form.

Where is it located and what areas does it cover?

We work out of offices based at Faculty of Arts, St. Edburga Building, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR

Blue Apple offers online sessions, in-person sessions and can accommodate hybrid sessions using online streaming. 

The company presents performing and touring theatre, dance and film within a variety of large and small scale venues around Hampshire and the southern regions, as well as nationally and internationally.

How are decisions made about who can use your service?

Registration forms are reviewed by Blue Apple's staff team, and prospective new members are asked to attend for a trial to assess suitability on both sides. 

How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making?

Conversations by phone and email

Is your service fully accessible?

Blue Apple Theatre provides services to people with learning disabilities.  We evaluate whether we can support specific needs on an individual basis.

Which of the following applies to your setting?
Our service is delivered in the community
Wheelchair access
Who can I contact for further information?

Elisabeth Yeats-Brown via or 07510 844 480

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