I AM MARK

Action-packed with no less than 19 miracles, the book of Mark was written to be shared live with first century audiences, in one sitting.  Aimed at those outside the Jewish faith, the book of Mark has the potential to capture 21st century hearts and minds like no other story.

In this dynamic new, word-for-word, solo performance, directed by Lisa Gilmour, Stefan Smart brings us the story as it was originally narrated. I AM MARK is the resulting full-bodied drama, with its characters and nuances brought startlingly to life.

Because it’s so accessible and involving, I AM MARK has the added advantage of being a great conversation opener.

So sit back, relax, and imagine yourself among Mark’s first audience, as you experience the Good News of Jesus ‘as it was in the beginning’, in all its urgency and power, challenge and comfort.

Stefan’s presentation of Mark was captivating. It felt urgent and immediate and was crystal clear.

Daniel Goodman
Team Leader, City Church Cambridge

Bringing out the passion of when Jesus was shaking things up…you can feel why people wanted to follow him.

Student
Bristol University

Engaging and intimate. It was thrilling to re-live the miracles and the authority of the Son of God.

David Hewitt
‘Wellsprings’ Community, Edinburgh

Sometimes it takes a living voice to make you hear the Bible for the first time -a voice that presents some saying or episode not as a stray fragment but as part of the rhythm and pace of a story that goes on gathering momentum. Mark’s gospel has just that kind of momentum, and this performance gives a memorably strong sense of it.

Rowan Williams
Formerly Archbishop of Canterbury

A stunning, dramatic retelling.

Joel Slater, Lead Pastor
7SF Church, San Francisco, CA

I was just ‘there’. It broke my heart.

Audience member
St Nicholas Church, San Anselmo, California, USA

Intense and fantastic.

Students
St Mary’s School

Were I to attend a similar event in the future, it would be difficult to imagine anything surpassing this.

Nadine
St Nicholas’ Orthodox Church, San Anselmo, California, USA

A great story, and an equally great performance…expect great things!

Tim Jupp
Founder, ‘Big Church Day Out’

Respect! Stefan’s performance was very strong.

BBC Songs of Praise

Completely captivating…almost mesmerising!

Steve Broadway
Author and Illustrator

Go! You don’t have to be religious to appreciate this.

Learning Disabilities Support Worker
Southampton

In one word…stunning.
The best thing I’ve ever seen in church.

Terry
Audience member, Thundersley, Essex

Inspiring…a compelling, intense and emotive delivery that had everyone transfixed from start to finish. As something of an [Edinburgh] Fringe veteran, I can bear witness that this is not always a given.

Richard Purden
Scottish Catholic Observer

Hugely relevant and powerful.

Steve Lee
Miracle Street

An innovative, dramatic, presentation of the scriptures, just as they are – and one that is totally compelling. I have seen it on national television, in the local park and even in India. In every location the impact and effect has been stunning. You cannot imagine how powerful this is until you see it for yourself.

Peter Butt, Director
School of Ministries

I AM MARK shouldn’t be seen as a performance or even as a feat of memory to be marvelled at (all those words!), but as communication filled with love, compassion and power.

Gill Escott
Dance Instructor, Hampshire

Quite inspirational and performed with such sensitivity… particularly the way Jesus was depicted: with gentleness, gravitas and quiet authority.

Counsellor
Huntingdon

Powerful and engaging…held the audience in Bristol Cathedral stunned.

Canon Neville Boundy
Bristol Cathedral

From the first word, Stefan captured the gathered listeners’ attention, as the Churches of the region were joined by the general public. Here was a Good Friday event, out in the shopping precinct, that was worth stopping to listen to. A truly memorable event.

Danny Stupple, Chair
Churches Together in Eastleigh, Bishopstoke, Fair Oak & Horton Heath

A great event. Stefan is very talented – and it is a powerful way to bring the account to life.

Heather Bowden, Headteacher
The King’s School, Fair Oak, Hampshire

What a brilliant idea this is.

Gavin Calver
Evangelical Alliance

One man, a chair – and the gospel of Mark. Captivating and engaging. You could hear a pin drop. See this production if you can, you won’t be disappointed!

Revd. Adrian Diaper
Rickstones Church, Witham, ESSEX

There was not a murmur in the room as the inmates watched this unique performance.  Several commented afterwards that it had a real impact on them personally.  “Totally different to anything I’ve ever experienced,” said one. “When is he coming back?” was the general cry.

Lesley Mason, Managing Chaplain
HMP Send

If you think you already know the story…think again. I AM MARK – Captivating drama. Mesmerising storytelling. Undeniable Truth.

Dan Angus
Solent MIND

Gripping, authentic, and deeply moving. 

Chris Brockway
Team Leader, Christchurch Baptist Church

I’ve read Mark at least 40 times and I genuinely experienced it with new, deep and profound joy when Stefan performed it.

Daniel Goodman
Team Leader, City Church Cambridge

I AM MARK makes the works and words of Jesus more real – a brilliant way to introduce him to your friends and neighbours.

Dr Richard Roberts
Gathering in the Holy Spirit (Rome), USA Charismatic Leaders Fellowship

A man, a chair and a compelling story that has survived the test of time. Stefan delivers a mesmerising story of love, friendship, courage and sacrifice.

Mark Hopkins, Lead Pastor
The King’s Church, Arnold

Dynamic storytelling

Church of England Newspaper

Captivating, bringing the Gospel to life. Stefan Smart is clearly a master of his art.

Ian Hayter, Chairman
Lichfield Speakers’ Corner Trust

Enthralling! Letting go of intellectual engagement, I got immersed in a dynamic, moment by moment encounter with the Living Jesus. It made all other public reading of Scripture dull and second-hand in comparison.

Canon Marion Syms
Portsmouth Cathedral

Truly the most beautiful piece I’ve ever seen.

Parishioner, St Gregory the Great Catholic Church
Virginia Beach, USA

There was a deep hush as the audience were captivated by Stefan’s  enactment of the story. Some of our young people were blown away by his performance. Others, on an Alpha course, were helped to come closer to faith.

Stephen Greasley
Pastor, Gillingham Baptist Church

A wonderful and refreshing retelling of Mark’s gospel. A truly inspiring letter to the church beautifully portrayed by Stefan Smart. He doesn’t flinch from being challenging and direct. An ideal resource for our times. Highly recommended.

David Robinson, Artistic Director
Searchlight Theatre Co.

The ancient world of Christian scripture suddenly becomes alive in front of you. You hear the emotion of the conversations that Jesus had with those he met and you catch a fresh understanding of his teaching.

Neil Maddock, Director
MARTIS Productions

Visually, aurally and experientially, this film is absolutely stunning, impacting, entertaining and 100% accessible to a diversity of audiences. I RECOMMEND you watch this and pass the Word around!

Dr Chan Abraham
Leadership International & Revival NOW!

Using minimal props, I AM MARK brings Mark’s Gospel alive and releases the energy and vitality of his account of Jesus and his ministry. I hope online viewings go through the roof and open up the Gospel to a whole new audience. Congratulations!

Timothy Dakin
Bishop of Winchester

A profound and beautiful experience…spoken with passion in unbroken story arc by someone who has so deeply internalized the spirit of the message – positively gripping! 

Bradley Jersak (PhD)
Author of ‘A More Christlike God’

My church group ABSOLUTELY LOVED it!! Praise the Lord that He can use I AM MARK in this amazing way. I can’t wait to see the next session!

House Church member
Norfolk

This presentation was nothing less than cathartic, embodying the emotions we often struggle with in our biggest challenges. I don’t know if other people have been brought to tears by your performance. But I’m going to assume I’m not the only one.

Olympiada Kane
Mill Valley, California, USA

This performance of Mark’s Gospel awakens a new way of hearing and absorbing the words and stories of Jesus. I found myself really engaged and so inspired that it felt like I was encountering the Gospel for the first time. It takes you deeper into the life of Jesus, and is an excellent resource for long time believers as well as those who are on the fringe of faith.

Jenny Baker
National Leader CELEBRATE, UK Catholic Charismatic Renewal

A throwback to the travelling evangelists of the early church. This is how the good news should be preached.

Canon Billy Kennedy
President, UK Churches Together