Actors with learning disabilities are being sought in Andover

The Blue Apple Ensemble Drama Class members would like to see their class grow and are appealing for new people to join them in their group.

The class, run in partnership with Andover and District Mencap, meets weekly at The Wellington Centre, Winchester Road, teaching its members acting skills, group work and preparation for acting on stage. A typical class includes fun warm-up games, physical acting techniques and dialogue work.

Group member Martin Webb has been a member of the class for three years. He said: “I want to be a professional actor and Blue Apple helps me reach that goal.”

And 30-year-old Gary Oakley from Ludgershall added: “I love it! It’s fun and I learn something new every lesson. We are working on a stage show and I look forward to coming every week.”

Another Blue Apple member Kym, who is part of the company’s core group in Winchester, said: “I can't go without Blue Apple, it has become a huge part of my mental health and my life.”

The class is run by renowned Winchester-based theatre company Blue Apple, who help to transform the lives of people with learning disabilities through drama, dance and film. Classes are held across Hampshire every week and professional productions are performed at regional venues throughout the year.

Class teacher Alex Lonsdale said: “We have an amazing bunch of people at our Andover class but we’re always looking for new members to join and share in with the fun.

“Our classes not only help participants to develop memory skills and increase clarity of speech, but members also see improvements in their fitness and are more socially connected and have better mental health due to their engagement.”

The classes are held every Thursday, term time, from 1-2.30pm and are £7 a session. First session is free. For more details call Blue Apple Theatre: 01962 827398

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Andover and District Mencap

Enabling Choice & Independence

The Wellington Centre

Winchester Rd, Andover
Hampshire, SP10 2EG


Opening Hours

Monday to Friday, 9.00 – 17.00

General enquiries:

01264 321840
[email protected]