'The Mark Drama' comes to Canterbury
By Bobbie Cole, 23 Jan 2017
Sixteen local people of all ages and backgrounds presented The Mark Drama in Canterbury, portraying the life of the most extraordinary man who ever lived – Jesus. And they did it without props or costumes, in the round, in just 90 minutes.
The cast, all from Emmanuel Church Canterbury, learned the sequence of the many events of Mark’s Gospel. For this they relied on the methodology outlined in Director Andrew Page’s book, The Mark Experiment. Andrew is a pastor, writer and former UKC student. He is now Southampton-based but travels widely, taking the The Mark Drama to countries as far-flung as Australia and Chile, USA and Lithuania, as well as the UK and the rest of Europe.
Producer Bobbie Ann Cole from Canterbury saw a production in Tunbridge Wells and was hooked. “I was extremely moved and I knew we had to produce this at Emmanuel,” she says. “It is so visual and powerful. There are moments of both laughter and tears.”
She enjoyed experiencing the bonding together of the cast, though their ages ranged from 11 to 71.
The Mark Drama was performed on Saturday 4th March at 7.30pm and Sunday 5th March at 7.00pm in the Main Hall at St John's Church of England Primary School, CT1 2AA. The entrance and car park are in the far right-hand corner of St Radigund's Car Park, off St Radigund's Street. Entry and refreshments were free. More information can be found at Emmanuel Church’s Production Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MarkDramaCanterbury/.