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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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!


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.  


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. 


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. 


February: looking back

It was sad that Durham Uni Christian Union cancelled their production with one week to go. They couldn't find venues for their performances. This was a massive disappointment for them, and also for me. 

Is this going to become an issue with student productions of the Mark Drama?

The highlight of February for me has been a production with Royal Holloway University of London. There were no venue problems here because the CU had got permission to pitch a marquee in the middle of the main university building for their annual Events Week. 

Nearly half of the team were in last year's Mark Drama production, though of course playing different parts this time. But the whole team were great to work with: they worked really hard and had high standards. Gez, who played Jesus, did a brilliant job: it was wonderful to see him and the rest of the team in action. 

Both performances were very powerful. The second was probably even better than the first, but the first felt better because the audience was bigger so there was more reaction. 

But what matters most is what the Holy Spirit was doing in people's lives. I don't know the details of that (though there were many visitors there). 

But I do know that he was glorifying Jesus!