In the first week of January, Sixth Form pupils, Francesca C., Ezekiel T. and Darcy G. joined the cast of Blue Apple for the hugely enjoyable performances of their winter show, Lashings of Ginger Beer at the Theatre Royal Winchester. The pupils assisted the actors both on and off stage, whether calming any pre-show nerves or leading the singing and dancing routines.
Lashings of ginger beer, an homage to Enid Blyton’s Famous Five characters, involves a group of friends who set out on an enthralling adventure to track-down escaped prisoners in the depths of rural Hampshire. The unsuspecting criminal, the village bobby, was finally discovered and knocked-out by a meticulously timed cricket ball to the hoorahs of ‘Howzat’! by the cast. The play included a voiceover by broadcaster, Alan Titchmarsh depicting 1930s’ village life and providing an historical insight into the origins of the Round Table.
Ezekiel reflected on his experience: "The whole Blue Apple experience is wonderful; the staff are so welcoming, and the actors are great fun to work with. Every time we walk into rehearsals, we are welcomed by a grand applause and experience nothing but positivity all the way to performance day. Finally getting on stage at the Theatre Royal is very rewarding, and just as enjoyable as the rehearsals building up to the show. "
Photos © Mike Hall
Blue Apple is an inspirational charity which transforms the lives of adults with learning difficulties. Their ambitious productions at the Theatre Royal nurture participants' creative talent to bring confidence and inclusivity.
Winchester College has a long-running partnership with Blue Apple Theatre and pupils support the productions each year through our outreach programme. Over 400 senior pupils at Winchester College volunteer with 40 external organisations and charities across the city and southern Hampshire through the programme.
As pupil Darcy noted:
3rd February 2023
On Tuesday 31 January, STEM Ambassadors from Park Community School joined us for a series of science activities.
19th January 2023
On Tuesday 17 January, students from UTC Portsmouth, one of our partner secondary schools, joined members of AstroSoc for an evening of astrophysics last week.
6th December 2022
As part of our Maths Outreach programme, 55 children from local primary schools sat the Primary Maths Challenge at the College in November, which was followed by a celebration event attended by the Deputy Mayor of Winchester together with their families and teachers.
1st December 2022
Members of the Crown & Manor youth club in Hackney, London, enjoyed an evening of scientific spectacles given by College staff.
29th November 2022
470 children from local primary school experienced the wonder of an orchestral performance at our annual Primary Schools Concert.
22nd November 2022
Year 6 primary school pupils were invited to take over our museum, Treasury, and create their own pop-up art exhibition.