“The Eight Day Mark”
“The eight day mark” was a project/performance, “staged” over an eight day period – Sunday 5th – to Sunday 12th July 2015; from Withernsea to Whitby. Sixteen locations, situated on or near to the Yorkshire coast, had at pre-arranged times, actor John D Slater – as “John Mark”, giving a public presentation, from memory, of one chapter from the sixteen chapters of Mark’s Gospel.
Two thousand years ago, or thereabouts, there would have been no shortage of eager listeners, because if nothing else, it was a really amazing story about a man who, to all intents and purposes, was an ordinary carpenter’s son from Nazareth but someone who did and said some pretty extraordinary things.
Our project seeks to emulate the idea of a travelling story teller, as it is considered that Mark was – exchanging the coast of Syria for the coast of Yorkshire. Over the eight day period the whole of The Gospel According To Mark – almost 16,000 words will have been delivered from memory.
Film footage will be made into a video – to be submitted for TV broadcasting and in addition, be available to be screened in churches, schools or other venues; it will also be available in DVD format. Sales of the DVD will support fund raising for the work of The Red Cross in Syria.
A video clip from the production can be found below.
Venues and locations visited were;
Day One – Sunday 5th July
10am St Matthew – Withernsea – 2pm All Saints, – Tunstall
Day Two – Monday 6th July
10 am St Michael, – Garton – 2pm St. Bartholomew – Aldbrough
Day Three – Tues 7th July
10 am All Saints – Mappleton – 2pm St Nicholas – Hornsea
Day Four – Wed 8th July
10am All Saints – Skipsea – 2pm All Saints – Barmston
Day Five – Thurs 9th July
10 am Holy Trinity – Bridlington – 2pm Methodist Church – Sewerby
Day Six – Friday 10th July
10 am St John The Baptist – Cayton – 2pm St. James – Scarborough
Day Seven – Sat. 11th July
10 am St Mary – Cloughton – 2pm St. John – Staintondale
Day Eight – Sunday 12th July
10 am Methodist Chapel – Hawsker – 2pm St John – Whitby
Clip from the production.
NB. In the 1980/90s John D Slater toured a stage production of The Gospel According To Mark, to over 200 UK churches, cathedrals, schools, theatres and colleges. It was also performed at The Christian Resources Exhibition in Manchester and, in addition, has had several TV features.