News and Updates

PRESS RELEASE: Mark Drama performances postponed until State/Territory social distancing restrictions lifted

Over the last few months, the Mark Drama Australia Steering Committee has met to determine the best pathway forward for restarting productions during the covid pandemic. Given the closeness of audience members and actors is integral to each production, we have prayerfully made the following decision:

All Mark Drama performances will be postponed until social distancing is lifted according to our local state/territory government allowances.

As we consulted our State Coordinators, it became clear that the differing levels of restrictions and contamination across our states and territories meant that some areas of Australia will be able to put on productions earlier than others.

If your church or AFES group is interested in producing the Mark Drama in 2021, please do not hesitate to contact us. Even if you are in an area where restrictions may not be lifting for some time, we would love to start talking and praying with you.

Although our production schedule in 2020 has being considerably different from our expectations, we remain confident in the sovereignty of God and the saving power of his Word. And we remain convinced that Australia and the world deeply need to hear the message of the kingdom of God, to ‘repent and believe the good news’ (Mark 1:15).

(Photo taken last year before COVID-19)

PRESS RELEASE: Productions postponed until September 2020

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Mark Drama Australia has made the difficult, yet easy, decision to postpone productions nationwide until at least September 2020. It was an easy decision to make for many reasons: government restrictions of large meetings are continuing, most churches across the country are only meeting online and the risk of infection is too high to justify putting on productions. But yet it was still a difficult decision to make as the Mark Drama Australia team believe strongly in the value of the Mark Drama in sowing gospel seeds.

There is much uncertainty in our world at the moment. But we have the certainty of Christ’s authority as revealed in the Bible. We are praying for Christians all across Australia and beyond, that God will continue to use them at this unusual time to spread his good news. While we hope to partner with churches and university groups in putting on productions very soon, we are confident that God’s word continues to be proclaimed by his people. More than ever we are convinced that this world needs the good news of the Kingdom of God.

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Press Release: JUNE MARK DRAMA PRODUCTIONS POSTPONED

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Following prayerful consideration, the Mark Drama Australia Steering Committee have made the decision to extend postponement of productions for June 2020.

Further decisions regarding July onward will be announced closer to the date.

Mark Drama Australia had planned many productions for 2020 across our nation and beyond. We are saddened not to be able to partner with churches and Christian university groups to bring the good news of the kingdom of God to people who so desperately need it. But we take comfort in the knowledge that God is still in control and that nothing happens outside of his will (James 4:13-15).

Please continue to join us in prayer to our kind and merciful God. Pray for churches and university Christian groups, adjusting to a changed environment of ministry. Pray for those sick and vulnerable to know the comfort of Christ. And pray for an end to this pandemic, and for the return of our king Jesus.

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Press Release: ALL MARK DRAMA PRODUCTIONS POSTPONED UNTIL JUNE 2020

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Following prayerful consideration and consultation, Mark Drama Australia has postponed all Mark Drama productions until at least June 2020.

The decision was made with sadness, as there were many churches and university groups we were looking forward to partnering with across the Easter season. Following and confirming our decision, we have learnt the Australian government has placed a ban upon indoor gatherings of more than 100 people.

We are confident that Jesus’s death and resurrection assure us of his triumph over all evil (Mark 16:6, Colossians 2:15). And we are convinced that Australia and the world deeply need to hear the message of the kingdom of God, to ‘repent and believe the good news’ (Mark 1:15). However, at this time it is wise to suspend productions so to avoid the further spread of COViD-19. Mark Drama Australia has always sought to serve the local church and parachurch organisations, and we will continue to do so into the future. We give thanks for the hundreds of Christians across the country who have being preparing for productions and pray that they have benefited much from their study of Mark.

While autumn 2020 is not the right environment to stage the Mark Drama, Mark’s message is timeless. Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God (1:1). We rejoice that he is compassionate and kind, and willing to make us clean from sin (1:40). Please join with us in praying that God will mercifully limit the spread and effect of the virus upon our country and the world. Pray for health professional, that they will be strengthened by the Great Healer. And pray for Christians everywhere, that they will be bold to share the good news of the kingdom of God.

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Source: https://www.eternitynews.com.au/australia/breaking-ban-on-non-essential-gatherings-of-more-than-100-people/

Upcoming May/June productions

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Missed seeing The Mark Drama this Easter? Or want to see it again? If you’re in Melbourne or Sydney, you can!

Sydney:

St Martin’s Anglican Church, Georges Hall
176 Birdwood Rd, Georges Hall NSW 2198, Australia
Saturday 25/05, 7:30pm
Sunday 26/05, 3:30pm

Summer Hill Anglican Church
2 Henson St, Summer Hill
Saturday 09/05, 7:30pm
Sunday 10/05, 3pm

Melbourne:

St Hilary’s, Kew
12 John St, Kew
Saturday 01/06, 7:30pm
Sunday 02/06, 7:30pm

 

The Mark Drama in Melbourne

Melbourne UniLast month, Melbourne University Christian Union performed a production of the Mark Drama. An audience member reflects…

The Mark Drama at Melbourne University Christian Union was a tremendous, God glorifying success. It was amazing to watch the cast, many of who didn’t have any acting experience, jump between different characters.  I loved seeing the joy on their faces as Jesus healed them. And then I mourned with them as they hurled insults at him in character. It looked hard work!

We are all thankful for Jakob, who studied the words and character of Jesus, and played him so sincerely. It was obvious that the cast were dwelling richly on the message of Christ as they worked for him and not for human masters (Colossians 3:16, 23). I was so encouraged to see them all lap up the opportunity to share this Good News with housemates, friends and families. Many audience members were deeply moved by Mark’s gospel – some even cried. What a joy it was to see so many take home a copy of Mark’s gospel- there were only three copies left by the end! We are praying for these people as they continue to investigate Jesus’ life-renewing invitation to follow him – please join us.

Producing The Mark Drama wasn’t easy – it was hard getting a full team, our cast was tired from study, and we lost our planned venue in the week we were practicing! But we were encouraged by the prayer and support from our brilliant director, Dan and our wider Christian Union. On the final night, there was a definite sense of awe and reverence in the room; God has been and will continue to be at work through this Mark Drama experience.

We are hoping this will be the first of many Mark Drama performances at Melbourne University!  

Christ in Campbelltown

 

On 13th and 14th April 2019, Campbelltown Anglican Churches performed the Mark Drama. We were blessed to have more than 200 people come along each night, and the performance was very well received by many in the church and those who had not attended the church before. The cast members worked tirelessly to prepare for the drama, reading over Mark’s Gospel and memorising its structure, so that by the first rehearsal they knew the gospel well and were well-prepared to play the various roles.

After the final performance, we asked some of the actors to reflect on their experience of acting in the Mark Drama. Here were some of their responses:

  1. What was your favourite scene of Mark Drama and why?

“The widow’s coins. After the boasting of the rich about their offerings, the simplicity and poignancy of the widows offering was powerful.” – John, who played various roles including John the Baptist, Herod and the High Priest

“My favourite scenes included the Parable of the Tenants. The beautiful symbolism of the parable is made so clear in the Drama and was great to see.” – Siva, who acted as Andrew

“One of my favourite scenes was Jesus teaching in the temple, I just love the discussion about some really important topics and the way that again and again Jesus affirms the authority of the scriptures as God’s word to us.” – Cameron, who played Simon Peter.

 “I think the crucifixion scene was the most powerful for me. The significance and visceral nature of the suffering Jesus experienced is bought to life in a way that isn’t always conveyed through text alone.” – Josh, who acted as John.

  1. What did you enjoy about the acting experience?

“Really enjoyed working together with fellow Jesus-loving church members and that the drive to act to the best of our ability was for the sake of ensuring people could hear God’s Word and bring Him glory.” – Siva

“It was a great challenge for me and something quite different. I got to push emotional boundaries particularly in Gethsemane and crucifixion scenes. I had never made myself cry on stage before this.” – Dean, who played Jesus

“I enjoyed being a part of the story of Mark, it felt so much more real for me actually being in the story and seeing these events unfold around you as it would have happened for the disciples.” – Cameron

  1. What impact do you think the Mark Drama has had on you?

“The Mark Drama actually really opened my eyes to things that I hadn’t thought about including the healing of the blind man in two parts – I had never realised that it was to represent the disciples lack of understanding. There were so many things I took away from this experience – it was really enlightening.” – Siva

“It forced me to engage in the scriptures which I struggle to do and made me realise Jesus was not always angry with everyone and made me engage with the compassion of Christ.” – Dean

“It has made me appreciate more fully just how informative, real and dynamic the gospels are, they have so much detail in them as they describe real events from the real eyewitnesses.” – Cameron

  1. What impact do you think the Mark Drama has had on your church?

“I saw a bunch of people tearing up or crying during the last section and ended up crying myself – I think reading God’s Word is one thing but seeing it presented in a drama also helps to highlight that yes, this did happen and yes, Jesus did die for you and your sins on the cross. I think it has moved a lot of people and prompted a lot of thoughts!” – Siva

“I think it was profound for those who experienced it. Hopefully, their reward in seeing it and speaking about it will encourage others to read Mark’s Gospel to re-discover the real Jesus.” – John

 “I felt a great energy from the audience after the show. I felt it encouraged people to engage with the scriptures in a new, creative and exciting way. It also gave an opportunity to evangelise in a way that would be entertaining, thought provoking and challenging to guests that were brought.” – Dean

“I think it really helped the church to see the vision of what we want people to be won to as Christians, that is, the real life, death, resurrection and reigning Lord Jesus. I think it was also a really good event for the whole to church to have an easy invite for non-Christians to come and hear about Jesus.” – Cameron

  1. Why would you recommend the Mark Drama?

“It provides an intimate, intense and engaging experience to the audience that motivates one to connect or reconnect with the gospel and what that means to us all.” – Dean

“It’s just such an amazing experience and it concludes in such a brilliant manner with the women walking away asking “is this true?” prompting the viewers to think. It’s been a great way to begin conversation with my non-Christian friends who have remarked on how touched they were by Jesus’ story and are curious to see more.” – Siva

“As Christians, I feel we (or we should) spend our whole time trying to share Gods word with people. It is not common to have someone so willing to read the bible with you, let alone a whole gospel in one sitting. Yet with the Mark drama, we can share the whole gospel, and our friends are not only willing to see it, but are excited, they will even bring along some of their friends. Anything that makes sharing Gods word easier is worth doing.” – Josh

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The Mark Drama in Melbourne!

The Mark Drama returns to Victoria next week as a team from the University of Melbourne puts on two performances.

Last year, the Mark Drama was performed across Melbourne and Geelong. We asked some of the actors from these productions to share their thoughts about how the productions went:

‘The Mark Drama helped me view Jesus more as a real-life person… I’ll always remember the scene when Pilate is asking what Jesus has done wrong, only to have everyone shout back to crucify Jesus. Knowing that Jesus was perfect but seeing the hatred in others which caused his death was really confronting. And Jesus willingly endured it! He was punished unjustly and he could have avoided it, but stayed because of his love and compassion for us, for me… Afterwards a young woman approached me to say how it made the story seem more real to her too!’

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‘Two friends of mine said they left loving Jesus more… They left all the more hyped up to tell people about Jesus!’

“I got to talk to people about the Mark Drama to my friends who came for weeks afterwards! People were so impacted by it and I thank God!’

Melbourne  friends, make sure you don’t miss out!

Performance times:
Tuesday 16/04/19 7:00pm
Wednesday 17/04/19 7:00pm

Location:
Junior Common Room, Queen’s College, College Crescent, Parkville

Tickets:
$10, book now to ensure a seat!

Easter performances in Sydney and Wollongong

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‘Don’t be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here!’ – Mark 16:6

‘There are plenty of Mark Drama productions happening all around the country this Easter. The following list are happening in Sydney and the Illawarra. If you’re curious to see the drama, want a different way to celebrate Easter or want to use the Mark Drama to introduce a friend along to Jesus, then take your pick from the following:

Campbelltown Anglican Churches

Performance times:
Saturday 13/04/19 7:30pm
Sunday 14/04/19 6:30pm

Location:
St Peter’s Church, Cordeaux Street, Campbelltown

Tickets:
Free but book now to avoid disappointment!

University of Wollongong (Uni Bible Group)

Performance times:
Wednesday 17/04/19 7:30pm
Thursday
18/04/19 6:00pm

Location:
Room G01, Building 24, University of Wollongong (near main carpark P2)

Tickets:
$5: book now to save a seat!

Barneys, Ultimo (St Barnabas Anglican Church, Broadway)

Performance times:
Friday 26/04/19 7:30pm
Saturday 27
/04/19 6:00pm

Location:
Barneys Church, Ultimo

Tickets:
Gold coin donation, but book ahead