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.

Completely captivating…almost mesmerising!

Steve Broadway
Author and Illustrator

What a brilliant idea this is

Gavin Calver
Evangelical Alliance

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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

Intense and fantastic.

Students
St Mary’s School

Dynamic storytelling

Church of England Newspaper

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

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

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

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

Student
Bristol University

Respect! Stefan’s performance was very strong.

BBC Songs of Praise

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

Ian Hayter, Chairman
Lichfield Speakers’ Corner Trust

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

Dan Angus
Solent MIND

Hugely relevant and powerful

Steve Lee
Miracle Street

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

A stunning, dramatic retelling.

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

Not to be missed!

Billy Kennedy, President
Churches Together in England

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