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

Curry and Quiz 8th Nov

Thanks so much for the wide community support we received with so much yummy curry for our quiz evening!

Over 100 peple came and enjoyed the food, the quiz and the camaraderie! congrats to Karen Smith and team on a well deserved win x

 

 

Party in the Park!

What a fantastic time we all had at the summer closing event at Boxford Rec!

Thanks so much to all the partygoers, volunteers, musicians, cooks and everyone who made it such a success!

Roll on the 2020 Masque!

 

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