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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(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.


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. 


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. 


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? 


After Oak Hill

This was wondrous.

Directing a Mark Drama team who were nearly all part of a theological college meant they knew Mark's Gospel well, which was a distinct advantage. Another was that some of the team knew the Mark Drama already.

As we started rehearsals I sensed - perhaps more than usually - that there was some scepticism as to whether this whole thing would work. But everyone threw themselves into the drama and the concentration was impressive.

The performance was extraordinary: from the very beginning the audience were with us as they were drawn into the Gospel. And Tom, our Jesus actor, communicated the words, the love and the authority of Jesus. It was an honour to be there. 

Thank you if you prayed. Please pray for guests who took a Mark's Gospel or a Message of the Mark Drama booklet with them afterwards.

And pray about how Oak Hill College might use and spread the Mark Drama in the future.  


Mark Drama at Oak Hill

The Australians did it first. 

The first ever Mark Drama production in a Bible/Theological College happened at Moore College in Sydney. Now, this week, it's happening at Oak Hill College in Southgate (to the north of London). 

The first rehearsal was yesterday evening. The team are really up for it and Tom, who is playing Jesus, knows the words very well and is at home doing drama.

My hope for the performance is of course, as ever, that people will come who maybe don't get the Jesus story and why it's important.

But I am also praying that lots of students from the college will come, and decide to use and recommend the Mark Drama in whatever situation God takes them to after they have left Oak Hill.

Performance details are on the UK page of the website. But I'll tell you now that it is this Saturday at 7.30pm.