Since our revival in 2000 the Masques have involved over a thousand volunteers and performers from all backgrounds, created five new musical theatre plays, written 55 new songs and dances and allowed 300 children to perform for the first time.

 The Boxford Masques offers open access to disadvantaged groups in the community, the elderly, the differently abled, young people from all backgrounds, and those without easy access to the performance arts. Each play has a huge impact on rural communities in West Berkshire providing art to those not easily able to travel to the bigger regional hubs, bringing people together and increasing their sense of community. 
In particular, young people are encouraged to participate in and attend these plays.  The majority of the cast is under 25 and half the cast are usually of primary school age.  Everyone involved attends over thirty workshops in drama , dance and musical performance, all led by leading professionals. 
For the majority of the cast, this is the first such experience they have had and amongst other benefits for them are:
  • a new appreciation of the arts
  • confidence from performing to a paying audience
  • education in drama, dance and music
  • an experience which is not available to many, particularly in rural West Berkshire
  • an event that brings together the community of Boxford and surrounding villages, and by necessity has young and old, as well as disabled people working together in teams for a common cause.
The Masques are entirely free for all participants, with any or no experience, from any place

Want to get involved?
See the contact page for details.

Latest News

Join us for a Halloween Barn Dance! 20th Oct 2018 from 7.30pm,Boxford Vilage Hall.

£15 per adult, includes music, dancing and a barn supper. As much fun as you can have in one evening!

See page for more details

 

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.

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