BLUE Apple Theatre performed to its biggest ever crowd over the weekend.

Hundreds of people were entertained as they watched the company's rendition of The Railway Children at Theatre Royal Winchester.

The actors, who all have learning disabilities, performed three shows with leading actors Katie Appleford, Sam Dace and Katy Francis playing Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis.

Artistic director Richard Conlon said: “I couldn’t be prouder of our performers. They put on a magnificent performance each day and just got better and better.

"Like Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis, we are trying to make the world a better place with one small act at a time, our small acts are our productions and the many outreach sessions that go on across the county each week."

The production was written so that everyone, no matter their ability, could take part in the show.

Alistair, who played the part of the Old Gent, said: “It’s helping my confidence in speaking in front of an audience. I hope they left with a good feeling and a sense of enjoyment.”

Paul, who played the Stationmaster, added: “It’s been a good opportunity to work with each other and meet new people. It gives people with disabilities a chance to work in theatre, I hope everyone left with a smile on their face.”

Blue Apple, based in Winchester, aims to transform the lives of people with learning disabilities through drama, dance, singing and film.

Its mission is to support performers with learning disabilities to explore the cultural classics and make them their own.