Boxford Masques on Track for July Show

It’s full steam ahead at the Boxford Masques rehearsals this year as the company get to grips with some high points of local legend (including a wizard, a mermaid, an underground river, – and yes, a stolen steam train…)

‘The River and The Bell’ is the Boxford Masque for 2023 and revolves around the former Bell pub (now demolished) where extraordinary local characters tell their beer fuelled and touching tales – woven as ever by acclaimed local author Geraldine McCaughrean and directed by the Watermill’s Ade Morris.

This year’s show is full of high comedy, live original music, singing and dance, all in the classic Boxford Masques tradition stretching back to woodland performances before the first world war; a tradition revived nine times as a large scale community show in the village since 2000.

A cast and crew of over sixty people aged 5 – 80 are involved this year, helping bring the performances to life alongside a professional production team.

All bodes well for a terrific show from July 26th – 30thth – safe from any unwelcome rain under a marquee on Boxford Rec. Director Ade says ‘ Hopefully the weather will be gorgeous and the picnics will flourish around our performance tent – you can even sample some genuine local beer from our recreated ‘Bell’ pub!

Rehearsals have been hilarious, it’s a great company with just the right sense of fun – I hope we can rival the success of the 2021 show ‘Bellerophon’ with this unique community comedy play.’

Tickets are available from the Watermill Theatre on 01635 46044 / www.watermill.org.uk/river and you’ll be glad to hear that unlike most things since, the tickets are all held at 2021 prices!

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