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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THANK YOU!

What an incredible week it was at Bellerophon: The 2021 Boxford Masques.
 
We are so incredibly grateful to all the people who volunteered, helped out, chaperoned, lent us equipment time and energy and to the excited and cheering audiences! 
It was undoubtedly not only a brilliant achievement through these pandemic ravaged times but the most community centred show we have ever done.  Almost every aspect of the production was created by local people; direction, choreography, sound, lighting, costume, the list is endless.
 
We could not have done it without you and from the bottom of our hearts THANK YOU!

Did you know that simply by shopping at Amazon, you can support The Masques?

 very simple:

1. Go to Smile.Amazon.co.uk whenever you are shopping online,
 
2. Select Boxford Masques as your charity of choice,
 
3. Go shopping!
 
Or, you can go directly here:  https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1098753-0

 

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