Many people these days are not interested in reading the Bible. They think that it is irrelevant, old-fashioned, or unreliable.

Dusting off the old book, the Mark Drama turns Mark’s biographical account of Jesus into a 90 minute, fast-paced, theatre-in-the-round stage production. Fully immersed in the action, the audience hears almost all the words of Jesus as recorded in Mark’s gospel.

Just as the disciples ask, ‘Who is this man, that even the wind and the waves obey him?’ (Mark 4:41), guests can discover for themselves – is Jesus just another guy with imaginative ideas about God, or is he truly the King of the universe?

Mark’s Gospel in 90min

No props or script: Surprisingly, the Mark Drama doesn’t use any props or set design. You don’t need professional actors, and rehearsals occur only three days prior to the performances. What’s more, the Bible is the only script used! So (apart from memorising Mark’s gospel) the Mark Drama is a no-fuss, dramatic presentation of the life of Jesus. It’s basically just a retelling of the Biblical account, where people hear God’s word in a freshly vivid way.
“If I’m honest, I went to the Mark Drama doubting how good it would be. I left in no doubt that it is absolutely outstanding.” Jonathan, Carswell, Europe. Read more about what people think of the Mark Drama.
Theatre-in-the-round: Instead of a normal elevated stage, set at a distance from the audience, the Mark Drama is theatre-in-the-round, with the stage at the centre of the audience. Chairs are arranged in concentric circles with three aisles stretching out from the centre, along which actors move and perform. As such, the audience are fully immersed in the action.

How does this happen?

The Mark Drama involves a team of 15 people (8 men, 7 women). The team learn the order of the events in Mark’s Gospel over six weeks using The Mark Experiment. Once the order of events are memorised, and actors have carefully studied the Biblical story, a trained director then teaches the actors the Mark Drama. These rehearsals normally occur over 2-3 days, just prior to the performances.

“It was really helpful and interesting to learn Mark in such a lot of detail and it was a lot of fun. It’s really hard to believe you will actually be able to do the whole thing in just three rehearsals, but God was so obviously working and helping us.”

Watch our 10min video to find out more.

I’d like to see the Mark Drama!

Hopefully there is a production happening sometime soon, at a place near you! Check out the calendar below for upcoming performances, or subscribe to our News and Updates page.

I’d like to put on a production!

Our step-by-step guide explains what is involved in putting on the Mark Drama.

These pages are about hosting the Mark Drama in Australia. If you’re wanting to produce the show in another country, please visit the Mark Drama international page.

 

“Until you experience it, you won’t believe how good it is. We had at least a hundred guests and the same number of church members there. They were bowled over. Jesus powerfully walks off the pages of Mark. The Mark Drama makes for a quality night out of culture where you are drawn into a riveting plot and storyline and thrown the challenge of working out what you make of this Jesus.” 
Neil Barber, Vicar, St Giles’ Church, Derby

 

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