If you have been to a Boxford Masque already, you’ll be glad to know there’s a new one in preparation for Summer 2017. If the first six have passed under your radar, you might like to know what you’ve been missing.
Originally, masques were lavish musical spectacles staged for kings, queens and courtiers. Early last century, in Boxford, well-to-do Charlotte Peake began writing her own ‘masques’ for performance by family and staff, and for the enjoyment of her arty circle of friends. Her stage was a natural amphitheatre at the top of Hoar Hill, overlooking most of the county. In ten years they became a village tradition.
Reviving her tradition was the idea of a Boxfordian John Vigor whose determination saw the first modern Boxford Masque staged in 2000. His idea caught on. Audiences outgrew the hilltop amphitheatre, and in 2012, at the kind behest of the Puxley family, the Masque moved to Welford Park.
Instead of rewriting another of Charlotte’s own Edwardian scripts, we decided to dramatise Charlotte’s first venture into things theatrical, with A Little Drama at the Big House, making full use of the glorious backdrop of the house. It was so well received that in summer 2014 we again found our audience guests of the Peakes, this time to celebrate the end of World War I. With a circus!
But wait a minute: how can anyone put on a circus without any talent, animals or exotic wonders? Maybe by taking a leaf from Lord George Sanger, famed Newbury circus owner and gold-plated fibber… We entered the anarchic Joe and friends, with their bitter-sweet Masquerade.
With songs specially composed, dancing, lovely costumes, a huge cast of local men, women and children, and fully professional production values, a Boxford Masque is always a sight worth seeing. …And thanks to ‘the Boxford Magic’ we have only ever lost one performance to rain. Make the most of it. Bring a picnic and a bottle of wine. Enjoy the ravishing gardens, the sun setting during Act 2, the flare path lighting your way home…
Masques were invented to entertain royalty. The Boxford Masques are made for you!
Please don't hesitate to contact us, new members are always welcome.
Steve more recently fell in love with The Masques, joining our team for the 2012 production after moving into beautiful Boxford.
Now fully addicted to our unique brand of theatrical magic, Steve has immersed his entire family in rediscovering hidden or neglected talents to help the Masques.
A lover of all things digital, he will be so pleased you are on this website and will consider buying you a beer if you follow us on twitter and like us on facebook too!
Ade is our uniquely talented Director. A stalwart of the Masques, his passion and commitment helped raise the Masques from the mists of time when, with local man John Vigor, he found the original Edwardian scripts and natural amphitheatre in Boxford.
Ade's energy drives a bunch of enthusiastic amateurs to deliver professional standard theatre and his patience with the younger members is legendary.
Ade's insight and talent for seeing things which only he can see, are the reason that the Masques can bring magic to life for a few brief nights on warm and dreamy summer evenings.
Geraldine is a world famous children's author and writer of the past 3 Masques. Her fame exploded when she was chosen by Great Ormond Street children's hospital to pen the follow up to the original Peter Pan entitled 'Peter Pan In Scarlet'.
Her unique and talented mind is feverishly working to bring you a new Masque. We know it will be funny, intriguing, romantic, slightly supernatural and amazing. Just like our lovely Geraldine herself!
We have a large number of children in our cast and their safety and enjoyment is our number one concern. Polly is an experienced and qualified carer who is responsible for all aspects of safeguarding during The Masques.
If you have any queries or concerns, drop her a line, she is brilliant!
Boxford to Wickham: A Family Sponsored Walk & Dog Show!
Join us on Sunday 24th March for a refreshing walk through the beautiful West Berkshire countryside from Boxford Village Hall to The Five Bells Wickham.
Children welcome, dogs encouraged especially for the fun dog show! See page for more details....
Pop up Pub and 1st Feb at Boxford Village Hall!
Thanks to all the dozens of people who braved the snow to join us at our Pop up Pub!
Annual General Meeting
Chairman's address now available to read; see page.
Boxford Beer Festival
9th June 2018
What a day, what a night! Genuinely too many people to thank; this was an incredibly heartwarming community effort driven by shared love of Boxford and The Masques. On behalf of our committee thank you so much for everyone's support ❤ x
Massive thanks to the many many people who made such a brilliant Open Mic night!
A great AGM was held on 17th November 2017; massive thanks to all who came. See the pages for our Chairman's report.
17th November 2017: the World Premiere of the DVD of All At Sea! join us at Welford & Wickham primary school at 7.30pm for a fun filled evening. All welcome, refreshments available.