Since our revival in 2000 the Masques have involved over a thousand volunteers and performers from all backgrounds, created five new musical theatre plays, written 55 new songs and dances and allowed 300 children to perform for the first time.

 The Boxford Masques offers open access to disadvantaged groups in the community, the elderly, the differently abled, young people from all backgrounds, and those without easy access to the performance arts. Each play has a huge impact on rural communities in West Berkshire providing art to those not easily able to travel to the bigger regional hubs, bringing people together and increasing their sense of community. 
In particular, young people are encouraged to participate in and attend these plays.  The majority of the cast is under 25 and half the cast are usually of primary school age.  Everyone involved attends over thirty workshops in drama , dance and musical performance, all led by leading professionals. 
For the majority of the cast, this is the first such experience they have had and amongst other benefits for them are:
  • a new appreciation of the arts
  • confidence from performing to a paying audience
  • education in drama, dance and music
  • an experience which is not available to many, particularly in rural West Berkshire
  • an event that brings together the community of Boxford and surrounding villages, and by necessity has young and old, as well as disabled people working together in teams for a common cause.
The Masques are entirely free for all participants, with any or no experience, from any place

Want to get involved?
See the contact page for details.

Latest News

Friday 26th May, 6.30pm Boxford Village Hall for our First reading and audition for All At Sea! The 2017 Boxford Masques!

Full steam ahead to All At Sea! Check the 2017 show page for show and rehearsal details and see you in July!

Chairman's Report from our 2016 Annual General Meeting available to view.

See 'AGM 2016' page for more details.....

Our Exhibition 'History and Times of The Boxford Masques' at West Berkshire Museum runs from 8th October to 23rd April 2017. Come check it out!

See our Exhibition page for more details.....

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