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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
Mar232017

Mark Drama: 3 of 6

This was in Leeds. 

Most of the team were from South Parade Baptist Church, but some were from other churches. A good example of Christians working together. 

Because we had lost some team-members I ended up playing Simon Peter as well as directing. This was very tiring of course. The only advantage was that I never needed to tell the Simon Peter actor what I wanted him to do; he always knew.

It was uncanny!

Once again I really enjoyed this Mark Drama. The team worked hard and Joe, who was playing Jesus, who was another Jesus actor who knew the Jesus words really well, was very quick to get what I was looking for.

Both performances were very strong. The gospel is wonderful.

And Jesus is the greatest!

Monday
Mar132017

Mark Drama: 2 of 6

Yesterday afternoon the second performance of the Christ Church Endcliffe and St Augustine's Church (Sheffield) Mark Drama production took place. 

This was another great team to work with. They had done their learning of the order of the events, and Ben, our Jesus actor, really knew the Jesus words. 

Rehearsals went well. On the Friday evening we couldn't rehearse in the hall we were going to be performing in and ended up in really quite a pokey room elsewhere in Sheffield: but the team took this in their stride wonderfully. So it really wasn't a problem. 

Both performances were very strong. The whole team were very focused and the audience - especially on Sunday - responded really well to every part of the drama. This is mainly because the Sunday audience was larger. 

And Ben, playing Jesus, did a brilliant job. There is something about playing Jesus in a Mark Drama: it changes you.

Today I am off to Leeds to direct Mark Drama number 3! I am up for it!

Monday
Mar132017

Mark Drama: 1 of 6

This was in Canterbury, where I lived during pretty much all of the 1970s. So it was good to be back.

Emmanuel Church were putting on a Mark Drama production for the first time. They had a full team and were well prepared. The only struggle I had is that they were rather quiet, so I was a bit afraid that the audience would not always hear what they were up to. 

I wasn't sure they believed me!

But from Saturday morning onwards they seemed to come into their own. Volume levels rose, passion grew, and the whole team were especially gripped by enacting the climax of the Jesus story.

Co-directing with me was Dan, who is training to be a Mark Drama director and who, next time round, will direct a production on his own.

Phin, our Jesus actor, knew the Jesus words very well and was very strong in Section Six, which includes Gethsemane and the cross. At the performances it was wonderful to see the whole team in action.

Maybe, since you are reading this, you would pray for all those who came to a performance.  

Monday
Mar132017

Six Mark Dramas in a row

I was too busy getting ready for this to write anything before it started.

I am directing six Mark Dramas in a row. I think I did this 2 or 3 years ago, but I may have forgotten how tiring it is. 

The thing is, directing a Mark Drama normally means meeting up with the Jesus actor on Wednesday evening, then rehearsals Thursday evening, Friday evening and Saturday from 9am till 4pm, and then the performances on Saturday evening and Sunday sometime. 

So I often can't travel home till Monday.

Then two nights in my own bed, before I am off to the next Mark Drama. 

I am not complaining! It is a huge privilege to do this.

But please pray for wisdom about getting enough rest, and energy to direct with enthusiasm and encouragement. 

Wednesday
Mar012017

March: lots of learning!

With a number of productions coming up, there are Mark Drama teams busy learning the order of the events in Mark's Gospel.

At least I hope they are!

And of course the Jesus actors are learning the Jesus words from the Gospel. 

Some of you will know there are 6 sections in the Gospel. This week, the team from Hamilton Road Baptist Church in Bangor (Northern Ireland) are learning Section Two; the Cheam Baptist Church team are learning Section Three; Christ Church Leyton's team are learning Section Four; the team from South Parade Baptist Church in Leeds are learning Section Five; and the Christ Church Endcliffe team (they are in Sheffield) are learning Section Six. 

And the team from Emmanuel Church in Canterbury should already know all 6 sections, as our first rehearsal is tomorrow!

Please thank God with me for these 90 people committed to presenting Mark's Gospel. And pray for them (and especially for the Jesus actors) that as they approach their rehearsal-performance weekend they will experience joy.