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
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.
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
For the majority of the cast, this is the first such experience they have had and amongst other benefits for them
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
The Masques are entirely free for
all participants, with any or no experience, from any place
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
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?
1. Go to Smile.Amazon.co.uk whenever you are shopping online,
2. Select Boxford Masques as your charity of choice,