The River and The Bell. The 2023 Boxford Masque!

July 26th to July 30th 2023: Boxford Recreation Ground under a huge stretch tent


We will stage six outdoor performances of a community musical play, of local tales and stories handed down through generations, based upon the village of Boxford and it's now defunct local pub, The Bell.  Once the cornerstone of the village, before it's final departure to the builders yard, there is an opportunity to celebrate the ups and downs of years of village pub life, with often hilarious consequences. Since Boxford is also such a historical place; scene of a civil war battle, the old railway to Lambourn and even once hosting a real Wizard; we have a rich seam of stories and mirth to mine. 


We plan to create a pub on a stage in a huge tent on the local recreation ground. This will be the epicentre of our event and we will tell the stories through music, acting and dance. We employ professional direction, choreography, design, costume makers and musicians as well as construct an outdoor venue; giving our participants the chance to be part of a fully integrated and professional performance and exposure to the valuable learning that comes with being part of that process.


Our commitment to reaching out to young people to be involved in the arts will see a large children's and young persons cast, ably supported by adults expressing themselves, some possibly for the first time, having taken the plunge in a friendly and relaxed environment. We encourage our participants to aim high in their quest to perform, providing an artistic outlet rare in our rural village community. We build confidence and enjoyment with support from those who are already working in the professional acting community. Our cast is open to all and we will train and develop talent, through a series of rehearsal workshops, in local people from ages 5 to 85. We will also utilise talent from students or recent graduates of a performance qualification, enticing them to gain valuable experience working in the professional realm. A small army of local volunteers will support the set creation, technical execution, chaperoning, front of house, bar, clear up and many other small areas of contribution to this community event. Rehearsals over eight weeks and a show week of 6 performances will challenge the actors and musicians, test the organising committee and hopefully enthral the audiences.

2023 Latest rehearsal schedule
Rehearsal Schedule - The River and The [...]
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The 2021 Boxford Masques: Our 21st anniversary!

What Fun!


In case you haven't heard on the tv news, Radio Berkshire or a myriad of other national and local news outlets......

An incredibly rare and unique Roman mosaic has been uncovered in our very own Boxford! We can confirm that our Boxford Masque show for Summer 2021 was fully inspired by the incredible characters of the mosaic!



Our new Masque was again written by double Carnegie prize winner Geraldine McCaughrean. The Masque begins with the original Victorian discovery of this site - when a field drain was cut through it, and featured cantankerous disturbed gods, heroes, monsters, and the bemused residents of West Berkshire, all interweaving their myths and midsummer madness to comic and musical effect.

The Masque featured a huge community cast of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, and was produced by a professional theatre team. Also for this unique production we returned to the Masque's early 20th century rural roots and perform in it's beautiful home of Boxford.



Ever wondered what happens if you dig up a Roman mosaic and it comes to magic life? What happens when a flying horse bursts from the ground and mythic robots walk the woods? How about when the brave hero Bellerophon quests to find the Chimaera but takes an entire theatre audience with him by accident? This action packed new Boxford Masque will whisk you on a crazy image -packed journey into the land of mosaics, myths and monsters, ancient stories will become as real as the floor we dance on, and our modern world melts into the marvellous past.

It was an incredible tribute to such a wonderful discovery in Boxford. 


Bellerophon! 2021 Masque rehearsal Schedule
rehearsal schedule
Rehearsal Schedule 2021 .pdf
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