About us

Blue Masque is an ensemble touring theatre company, with the mission of bringing good theatre to thirsty people. It was founded by its Artistic Director, Rhonwen McCormack.

The company opened in January 2007 with a launch production of "American Haiku" at the Jermyn Street Theatre in London. This collection of ten-minute plays, all previous competition winners from the Humana Festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in Kentucky, was produced with a predominantly American cast, and was a true reflection of ensemble acting as six actors took between them all the roles, from the sharp political satire of Mary Gallagher's "Perfect" to the atmospheric stillness of Andy Backer's "Bread", as well as the wild physical humour of John Pielmeier's "Pillow Talk", the dark manipulation of Jeffrey Sweet's "Cover", and the pain-filled love of Murphy Guyer's "The Interrogation." Featured cast were: James Burton, Tim Davenport, Charlotte Endacott, Anne Gill, Derek Hagen and Francesca Nider.

"That was fabulous!" - representative from the Manchester Library Theatre.

"Coitophobia" by Manchester playwright Maria Roberts was the second Blue Masque production. It participated at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2007 and was nominated for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. A dark comedy drama about unusual relationships tinged with the memory of domestic violence; it received touching feedback from some members of the audience, and praise for the quality of the acting, which again incorporated a strong sense of ensemble performance and some skilled multiple characterisations. Featured cast were: Kiney Bailes, Allison Bell, Noel Byrne, Helena Coates, Corinne Handforth and Freddie Machin, with extra performance support from Debra Low.

Three new productions are now in planning, with the first being launched in 2017/2018.

Blue Masque would like to thank Trafford Council's Creative Development Scheme for funding the company's website; the Future Jobs Fund for funding a market researcher; and PANDA (Performing Arts Networking and Development Agency), Third Sector Enterprises, Business Support Solutions, Art and Business North West, Arts Council England North West, CAN (Community Arts Network) North West, the National Arts Fundraising School, the Directory of Social Change, the National Rural Touring Forum, Independant Theatre Council, the Directors Guild of Great Britain, EUCLID, the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and peers from PANDA and the Genesis Directors Project at the Young Vic for all their advice and support.