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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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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? 

Thursday
Apr212016

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.  

Friday
Apr152016

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.   

Wednesday
Mar302016

After the 4 Mark Dramas

I am getting older.

A couple of years ago I directed 6 Mark Drama productions over 6 consecutive weekends. I was tired at the end of it all, but I made it. 

This year I have directed 4 times over the 4 weekends in March. And I am exhausted. 

So I think 4 is the maximum I should do without a break. 

But don't get me wrong. Alongside the tiredness there is a huge joy. Joy because of what the Lord has done in and through these 4 teams; joy because of so many people who have seen and heard the gospel; joy because I'm certain that the Holy Spirit is still at work in people's hearts.

And joy because God is so kind in letting me be a part of the Mark Drama.

So this week is holiday. Please pray for good rest and recreation: next week I will be plunging into preparation for a preaching conference on John's Gospel I will be speaking at in May.

In German! 

Thanks.

Wednesday
Mar302016

Bath: God at work

The second Mark Drama performance at St Bart's was a wonderful experience.

Contrary to expectations (mine, anyway) we had a larger audience than on the previous evening. They seemed more relaxed, more willing to come with us into the Gospel.

And the team were very focused: there was barely a slip, and Paul, our Jesus actor, did a brilliant job again. I didn't need to look at the audience to see how they were reacting as we moved into Gethsemane, the trials and the cross: I could feel that they were being impacted by what they were experiencing. 

So I thank God for this St Bart's team and I thank God for everyone who came to a performance.

And I thank God for the privilege he has given me of being involved in such a thing.