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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.

 

 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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Tuesday
Jul262016

Becoming a Mark Drama director: the 4 steps

Here are the 4 steps involved in becoming a Mark Drama director:

Step One: You act in a Mark Drama production yourself.
Step Two: You come to the rehearsals and performances of a Mark Drama production; with the Director's Notes in front of you, you watch how an experienced director does the job.
Step Three: You co-direct a production with an experienced Mark Drama director.
Step Four: You direct a Mark Drama production on your own. 

Do you think you might be the right kind of person to become a Mark Drama director?

Tuesday
Jul262016

Wanted: UK directors

Maybe this is something you would pray about, even if you're not going to volunteer!

We need new Mark Drama directors in the UK because it looks like the number of churches and Christian Unions wanting to do productions is beginning to increase. Which is wonderful.

Some of the directors we already have are not in a position to direct productions because they are in church leadership roles which don't allow them to disappear for 2 or 3 Sundays a year for the sake of a Mark Drama somewhere. 

So here are the characteristics I am looking for in a potential Mark Drama director:
1. willing in principle to direct a Mark Drama 2 or 3 times a year;
2. willing to take the time to study the materials so that they will not be dependent on the Director's Notes while actually directing;
3. able to direct with confidence and authority (though obviously that's a learning process);
4. convinced that there is power in the word of God.

Is that you? Would you like to know more? If so, you can contact me through the Mark Drama website.

And, even if you're not interested in becoming a Mark Drama director yourself, perhaps you'd pray that God will push the right people in this direction! 

Tuesday
Jul262016

(Long) after North Ferriby

Recently (well, a few weeks ago now) I directed a Mark Drama with a team from All Saints' North Ferriby, which is near Hull.

Wow. 

A number of people from the team have told me since that they were extremely sceptical about the whole project before it actually happened. I totally understand that!

But the team produced two very strong performances, with Nick (the Jesus actor) excelling both with the words throughout and with the suffering scenes (Gethsemane, the Cross) towards the end of the drama.

Everyone did a great job, but a highlight was the way the two 15 year-old guys on the team threw themselves into the whole thing. We could not have done without them! 

One church member said after a performance: 'I was absolutely blown away by the Mark Drama. What an event!'

So I thank God for this team and their church family. And I am praying that there will be lots of fruit in people's lives as a result of what they have experienced. 

Wednesday
Jul062016

Mark Drama in Mexico

I think this will be the second ever Mark Drama production in Mexico.

This one is being directed by Josué, so please pray for him because this is his first time ever.

They are doing two performances on one day (Sunday 17th July), which is something I would not normally recommend (but I assume they have their reasons!).

And it's in Querétaro, which I don't know because I've never been to Mexico.

I am moved at the thought of the Mark Drama happening in Mexico and then maybe spreading too: how kind is the Lord. And I am praying for Josué and for the whole team, and for all those who will come to a performance.

And I am praying, too, that from this production there will be fruit for eternity. 

Please join me. 

Wednesday
Jul062016

Mark Drama in the USA

I think this may be the 6th or 7th Mark Drama ever to happen in the United States.

It's happening in Beaverton, Oregon, and is being directed by Becky. Becky discovered the Mark Drama when she was studying in Spain. Now back in the States with her husband David, she has already directed once or twice (maybe co-directing with David - I'm not sure about that). 

The performances are on Saturday and Sunday just coming. If you read this in time, please pray for the performances; if you don't read this in time, please pray for the results!

And if you're praying, please ask the Lord to give wisdom to the Mark Drama Steering Group as to how the Mark Drama could really start moving in the US. 

Should I be spending a couple of months there next year or the year after, directing some productions and training more directors?