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.


 Callom Harkrader works part-time with Andrew Page on the Mark Drama and part of his time as the Head of Outreach at Above Bar Church. 


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The Globe Church, London

Andrew is off to London to direct a Mark Drama with The Globe Church, London. Please do be praying for him, the team, and for many people to come and experience the living Jesus! 

Also do check out this interview of Charlie, the Jesus actor. We think it is brilliant!  



I'm back! 

It is great to be back with the Mark Drama! 
For those of you who don't know me, my name is Callom (yes, spelled with an o) and I previously worked with Andrew as the Mark Drama Develoment Worker in 2013-14. I am very excited to return in a part-time role alongside Andrew (true repentance, says Andrew!) and to be once more involved in putting on Mark Dramas!
There are many exciting things on the horizon and we will try and keep you updated along the way! 
Thanks for your support and prayers! 

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!


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!


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.