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About the Mark Drama Team


Andrew Page wrote The Mark Experiment and loves directing the Mark Drama. This blog is where he reflects on past productions and current developments, and writes about significant passages from Mark's Gospel.

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Thursday
May252017

Mark Drama in Oxford: wondrous

The Oxford Pastorate work among postgraduate students. 

Every Mark Drama I am involved in is powerful. There is so much power in this story.

But this production was wondrous.

The team worked so hard in rehearsals and were very quick to see what I was looking for as I directed. And Jon, who was playing Jesus, knew the words incredibly well: it makes such a difference when the Jesus actor is able to speak these astonishing words fluently.

The whole drama gripped the audience at our performances. But Section Six's Gethsemane and crucifixion scenes were extraordinarily powerful. 

So thank you if you prayed for this production. Please pray for fruit in people's lives which will make eternity different. 

And pray for the director too: I feel like I'm 64!

Monday
May012017

After Cheltenham

Yesterday I drove home from Cheltenham.

People from a number of churches (but mostly from Holy Apostles Church) had got together to do a Mark Drama production as part of Cheltenham Christian Arts Festival.

I enjoyed working with this team. Everyone worked hard and was determined to be the best they could be.

The first performance filled the venue (which was Holy Apostles Church): I reckon we had 250 people there. The second performance (at Elim Christian Centre) was full too, though the venue was less than half the size. But the right number of people came to a performance - we might not have had chairs for anyone else who turned up!

And the reactions were so positive. In the Comments book someone wrote: Really powerful to feel a part of the story! And another comment read Thank you - wonderful to be in the middle of a story you know so well and live the story in such a powerful way. 

So we pray on for everyone who came. Lots of people took copies of Mark's Gospel and of The Message of the Mark Drama. 

Let's pray for fruit that makes eternity different!

Friday
Apr142017

Mark Drama: 6 of 6

This was Hamilton Road Baptist Church in Bangor, Northern ireland.

It was not without its surprises. Sadly, our Jesus actor had to pull out between the first rehearsal and the second.

So there was nothing for it: I had to play Jesus.

I know the words and it is a privilege to speak them out, but my left knee is not in great shape so I was nervous about the crucifixion scene especially.

The team were astonishing: they threw themselves into this new situation (learning the drama with a Jesus who was old enough to be the grandfather of some of them!). The disciple team was wonderful (and a great support to me), the Pharisees were steely and the plus-team (who play multiple parts) did a brilliant job of making every scene real.  

In the event we had around 100 people at the first performance and over 200 at the second: word had got around! 

And the Lord gave me all the strength I needed. The crucifixion scene - never easy to play of course - went well and safely. It was obvious that many people had been blown away by experiencing the Mark Drama.

Please pray that this Hamilton Road production - and the 5 preceding it - will have made eternity different. 

Friday
Apr072017

Mark Drama: 5 of 6

Cheam Baptist Church put on a Mark Drama production for the first time in March 2016. 

They decided to repeat the experience this year because they found it so easy to invite people to. This time they even produced Mark Drama packs for the church family with suggestions as to how to invite friends and family. 

It was a pleasure to be back with them. The team worked hard and learnt the drama well. 

Nic had played Simon Peter in 2016, and was back in the team this year playing Jesus: he knew the words extremely well and really committed himself to the whole project. 

We had two almost full peformances (nearly 200 people each time, with lots of visitors). You could sense that the power of the gospel story was gripping the audience, and especially the events in the last chapters of Mark leading up to the cross. 

It was an honour to be there, and and hnour to work with this Mark Drama team.

5 down. 1 to go!

Friday
Mar312017

Mark Drama in Hungary

This is me asking you to pray.

Zalán was the first ever Jesus actor in Hungary: I remember how moving it was to direct a production and to experience the Mark Drama being performed in Hungarian.

Since then Zalán has been supported (part-time) by a group pf churches in Hungary to direct the Mark Drama. He has directed 65 productions in the last few years: think of all those people who have seen and heard the good news of Jesus in this way!

But now the money has dried up: that group of churches can no longer support Zalán in the Mark Drama ministry.

Please will you pray God's wisdom for him? If he gets any other kind of job he will not be available to travel to other parts of Hungary to direct productions. 

So please pray for God's wisdom and God's encouragement for Zalán. Let's thank God for all that has happened in Hungary through the Mark Drama, and ask him how he wants things to move forward.

In a way that will bring glory to Jesus.