Living Without Fear, a production of the The Blue Apple Theatre

To read on The Blue Apple Theatre website:

Note: In the UK, the term of ‘Learning disability’ is used instead of ‘Intellectual disability’.

Living Without Fear

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Written by William Jessop
Director Peter Clerke
Choreography: Jo Harris

Touring nationally

To enquire about a performance e-mail admin@blueappletheatre.com

Six actors from Blue Apple’s touring company, who themselves have learning disabilities, bring an authentic voice to this fearless and empowering examination of disability hate crime, mate crime and harassment.

Living Without Fear returns in a new version touring Autumn 2014, after two hugely successful runs in Spring 2013 and Autumn 2011. This original writing by William Jessop and inspired direction by Peter Clerke bring out difficult issues and tell the true story of what is happening in the lives of people with learning disabilities today. Great for all audiences and for training..

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‘One of the most powerful performances seen in Winchester for many years… moving… poignant… startling…wonderful.’
(The Hampshire Chronicle)

‘A profoundly moving and challenging production. It deserves to be seen by a wide audience.’ (Professor Lord Alton)

‘The play is remarkable at so many different levels – it is genuinely a prophetic work’ (Revd Canon David Williams)

Developed in partnership with Hampshire police, Living Without Fear is a 45 minute touring production fully self-contained, with lights and sound. Click here to watch a short film extract, and here to see a report from ITV News Meridian.

How do we want to be judged?

Public and professional people of all ages, abilities, disabilities and backgrounds should see this and add their voice to the debate about issues which will eventually affect us all.

Living Without Fear raises important questions where there may not be easy answers. Most of all we hope this production will encourage everyone to take people with learning disability seriously and to listen and at least investigate if alarm bells ring in your head – for, yes, disability hate crime does happen.

Everyone has the right to live without fear.
How can we help vulnerable people live safely and without fear?
How do we listen where words are few and stories are incomplete?

A close-up of an actor during the Blue Apple Theatre production of Living Without Fear
Public and professional people of all ages, abilities, disabilities and backgrounds should see this and add their voice to the debate about important issues which may eventually affect us all. Most of all we hope this production will encourage everyone to take people with learning disability seriously and to listen and at least investigate if alarm bells ring in your head – for, yes, disability hate crime does happen.’


Living without fear in Parliament

A photo showing a scene from the performance of Blue Apple Theatre's production of Living Without Fear in the Houses of Parliament

Blue Apple actors took ‘Living Without Fear’, their fearless and empowering examination of disability hate crime, to Parliament by kind invitation of Mr Speaker John Bercow.

They performed in Speaker’s House to an audience which included ministers, MPs, Members of the House of Lords and Chief Police Officers.

‘This was something I personally will never forget, and I am truly thrilled. This was a very special evening which I know had a profound impact on everyone present. Blue Apple is not just a Winchester phenomenon, it is a national phenomenon’ – Steve Brine MP

‘They are such an inspiring group’Dame Anne Begg, Chair of Work and Pensions Select Committee

A photo showing the company for the performance of Living Without Fear in the Houses of Parliament  A photo showing the company with our MP Steve Brine in the Houses of Parliament

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