Masques were right royal entertainments when they were at their height in the 1600 and 1700s.  Extravagant shows for royalty’s benefit, they delighted in elaborate scenery, singing, dancing and drama, though they were slow-moving and pretty static. Lots of dumb-show and tableaux, like ‘living paintings’.    Indeed, prettiness and grandeur was the chief object – that and flattering the king or queen as mightily as possible. Gods descended by fantastical elevators into the world of men.  The costumes were gorgeous.

When Charlotte Peake wrote her masques, her first priorities seem to have been prettiness, too. She wrote in old-fashioned, literary language.  Nymphs and swains danced barefoot on the grass.  The costumes were gorgeous  (though she also had serious things to say about war, love, nature and truth). 

Boxford Masques are rather livelier, noisier, funnier and more…democratic. But they retain the title, out of deference to Charlotte who plainly delighted in the word and all its associations.  (And our costumes are gorgeous, too.)

What is a Masque?

‘talk of nature and of a life that is creatively affirming

and most of all, they sustain a magical local tradition.’


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Latest News

Party In The Park!
Summer is almost here and our fundraising continues towards a show next year! 
Its time for Party in the Park!
Saturday 29th June from 12pm to late, we have a full day of great local live music, great local BBQ food, a fully stocked bar and many different  types of entertainment.
Headlining will be The Station, a local trio of unbounded talent. Supporting are OMP and Loose Covers; more talented locals busting out some seriously good music.
For the little ones, there will be children's entertainment in the hall and 'headlining' will be the marvellous Tall and Small Tales team putting on a very special children's show just for us!
We will even cater for the furry friends, with a fun Dog Show during the afternoon and there will be a selection of market stalls with everything from cakes to teapots to keep you excited.
A fully stocked bar will have an acoustic stage and feature some incredible vocals from local singers Aoife and Ella Skye amongst others.
All proceeds will go to The Boxford Village Hall and The Boxford Masques. It really will be a day not to miss!
Sad News
All of us at Boxford Masques are devastated to learn of the untimely passing of Jonny Harding this weekend.
Jonny was a stalwart of many Masques productions; a talented, engaging and skilled actor but also just a lovely man to spend many happy summers with.
We feel lucky to have enjoyed so many good times together and the laughter and memories will stay with us all.
Our thoughts are with all his family and friends at this awful time and thank you for all your commitment to the Masques; you will be very missed x
Thanks to everyone who made such a success of the Boxford Christmas Market!
You are stars!
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