Winchester theatre group perform in Parliament

Blue Apple actors with Steve Brine (left), speaker of the Commons John Bercow and Jane Jessop (right)

Blue Apple actors with Steve Brine (left), speaker of the Commons John Bercow and Jane Jessop (right)

First published in Arts

A WINCHESTER theatre group put on a special performance in Parliament last week.

Blue Apple Theatre, which showcases actors with learning disabilities, performed in Speaker's House last Wednesday (April 24) after Winchester MP Steve Brine organised the visit.

A cast of seven presented Living Without Fear, a story about young adults with learning disabilities dealing with harassment, 'mate crime' and prejudice.

The audience included culture secretary Maria Miller and disabilities minister Esther McVey as well as Hampshire Police's new chief constable Andy Marsh.

Jane Jessop, theatre founding director, said: “This was a remarkable evening with warm memories and a wonderful opportunity for the company. I am incredibly proud of our talented performers, who, acting as a voice for their peers, took this important play right into the heart of Parliament and played to an audience full of people who can make a difference.”

Mr Brine added: “This was a very special evening which I know had a profound impact on everyone present. It brought what are everyday issues for many young people living with learning disabilities to the very heart of Parliament which can only be a good thing.”

After the show, the cast got to take a tour inside the House of Commons chamber.

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