Audience comments after the premier of The Complete Gospel Of St Mark, performed at Berwick Church. East Sussex.
"This evening will live with me a long, long, time"
"A wonderfully moving rendition which brought the gospel to life - a rekindling of faith like listening to St Matthew Passion"
"I come from Africa and thank God for joy of tonight"
"Wonderful and powerful performance"
"An absorbing and moving performance filled with an emotional charge which brings the Gospel of Mark alive. Memorable indeed!"
A 2 hour performance of the complete text (NRSV) of the most powerful story ever told.
This is not a reading - this is very much an act of theatre - dramatic, mesmerising, entertaining and totally involving
There are seldom opportunities to listen live to any of the Gospels in their entirety. Usually we hear small sections delivered during a church service. Uplifting and inspiring as these sections undoubtedly are it is only by reading, listening to or seeing performances of a complete Gospel that one can experience the dynamic brilliance of the text. The Gospel story experienced as a whole is without doubt a wonderful journey, full of marvellous happenings, fears and hopes, miracles and pains. To understand how a simple carpenter came from obscurity in his thirtieth year to become a beacon of hope to countless millions one needs to journey with him on the short but world changing road from Nazareth to Golgotha. One feels the wonder of the initial miracles, the initial inability of the disciples to understand just what the message of Jesus was, Jesus as a taboo breaker and gradually the realisation of the heavy fate that awaited him in Jerusalem.
"It was only when I had travelled along the long road of learning the text and attempting to reproduce its dramatic power that I really began to understand the enormity of Christ's sacrifice. When I arrived at the point of learning the words of the Passion I broke down and wept"
Entirely absent from the historical records until he was thirty
He could have disappeared like so many other miracle working prophets that were wandering around the Galilean region two thousand years ago.
He preached a message of love
But did he even
A rebel who spent much of his time with the outcasts of society: prostitutes, thieves, disabled, mad, debt collectors, liars and hypocrites.
He was a phenomenal healer who never accepted a penny for all the good he did.
He knew he was going to die a cruel slow death and be reviled by many of his own people, but it did not stop him trying to make life better for others.
LOVE YOUR ENEMIES
PUT YOURSELF LAST
BE THE SERVANT OF ALL
GIVE UP EVERYTHING THE WORLD HOLDS DEAR
or just a
Did he really
RISE FROM THE DEAD?
To better understand the effect this spiritually troubling, rebellious, compassionate and masterful man has had upon the world, you need to hear his story through in its completeness.
Brendan Somers' performance confronts his audience with the power and relevance of the Jesus story - a story that many think they know but few actually do. It is delivered not as some remote, ritual, text but as an exciting, disturbing, emotional and spiritually explosive journey.
Learn a little more about the life and teachings of the most mysterious and powerful human being that has ever walked upon this earth.
This is two hours that could very well change your life!
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