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.)
‘talk of nature and of a life that is creatively affirming
and most of all, they sustain a magical local tradition.’
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.