On Good Friday and Easter Saturday this year, St Tim’s performed the Mark Drama. This is a drama performed all over the world, involving a team of 15 people who act out every event in Mark’s Gospel in 90 minutes, led by a director from outside the Church who works for Mark Drama. It is performed in a theatre-in-the-round setting which places the audience in the centre of the action and draws them in as they experience the story of Jesus told like never before.
The purpose of the Mark Drama is to be an evangelistic tool to help people encounter Jesus. It has a deliberate ‘stripped back’ feel with no costumes or scenery and very few props. There is no script other than Mark’s Gospel and the team only begin rehearsals 48 hours before the first performance. As a team it is an intense journey but it is a privilege to be part of such a moving and powerful portrayal of the Gospel.
Over the two performances at St Tim’s we had 130 people who came to see it, many of whom were not Christians. Many of them commented on how much it moved and challenged them and we hope that important seeds were sown that will ultimately lead people to a relationship with Jesus. As we plan for the future at St Tim’s, we intend to keep drama as a central tool in our Easter events, with the Miracle Play scheduled for Easter 2020 and the Mark Drama pencilled in again for Easter 2022. We hope and pray that these performances continue to be effective as a way of portraying the Gospel in a way that is accessible and relevant to our society today.