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.

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

David Hewitt
‘Wellsprings’ Community, part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018

Intense and fantastic.

Students
St Mary’s School

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!

The Right Reverend Dr Timothy Dakin
Bishop of Winchester, Church of England

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, Nottinghamshire

What a brilliant idea this is

Gavin Calver
Evangelical Alliance

The first time I saw Stef perform the gospel of Mark at our local church I was completely captivated. I found this innovative, dramatic, presentation of the scriptures just as they are, totally compelling. Since then I have seen Stef on national television, in the local park and even in India share this brilliant drama. 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, New Community Church, Southampton

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

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

Student
Bristol University

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

Dan Angus
Solent MIND

Respect! Stefan’s performance was very strong.

BBC Songs of Praise

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
Equip Community Arts, Author and Director of the Passion, The Passion Retold

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

Stefan’s performance of Mark’s Gospel is a throwback to the travelling evangelists of the early church. Men and women travelling from village to village telling the story of Jesus, the Messiah. This is how the good news should be preached.

Canon Billy Kennedy
Senior Leader, New Community Church, Pioneer International Leader

A Great Story… A Great Performer…Expect Great Things

Tim Jupp
Founder, ‘Big Church Day Out’, formerly of Delerious?

By turns uplifting, harrowing and humbling to watch, Stefan’s performance took me with him right to the heart of Mark’s retelling of the story.

Jane Thould
Special Educational Needs Teacher

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

Completely captivating…almost mesmerising!

Steve Broadway
Author and Illustrator

This performance of Mark’s Gospel awakens a new way of hearing and absorbing the words and stories of Jesus. To be honest I thought a one man show of scripture word for word would not capture my imagination, but I found myself really engaged and so inspired by Stefan’s acting 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

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

Ian Hayter, Chairman
Lichfield Speakers’ Corner Trust

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

Not to be missed!

Billy Kennedy, President
Churches Together in England

A stunning, dramatic retelling.

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

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

Canon Neville Boundy
Bristol Cathedral

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’

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

There was not a murmur in the room as the prisoners watched Stefan’s unique presentation. Several of them commented to me afterwards how they had been amazed by his performance, and that it had a real impact on them personally. ‘Totally different to anything I’ve ever experienced,’ said another. ‘When is he coming back?’ was the general cry!

Lesley Mason, Managing Chaplain
Her Majesty’s Prison Send

Dynamic storytelling

Church of England Newspaper

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

As a person who is sceptical and likes to keep an open mind, I AM MARK is very different to typical preaching. It’s so impressive to watch someone who has honed the skilled craft of memorising and relaying an entire book of the Bible. Go. You don’t have to be religious to appreciate this.

Sarah Angus
Southampton resident

Hugely relevant and powerful

Steve Lee
Miracle Street

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.

The Most Rt. Revd. Dr Rowan Williams
Formerly Archbishop of Canterbury, and author of ‘Meeting God in Mark’