Drama - Why not join us?
If you would like to know more about (or be involved in) plans for future drama at St Mark's, please contact one of the Arts Events Committee Wendy Walford, Nick Warburton, Debbie Whitton Spriggs, Jeremy Whitton Spriggs, Barry Domvile.
St Mark's is associated with the Religious Drama Society of Great Britain (RADIUS).
In St Mark's Church w/b 11 December Frozen Fields A specially commissioned drama by Nick Warburton with a Christmas theme. Performances from Weds 13 to Sat 16 at 8pm with additional matinee on Sat 16.
Chamber Choir Granta Chorale and readers from St Mark's presented At the Year's Turning with music and words for Epiphany and the New Year, Thursday 5th January 2017, 19:30. See Music section for review
THE STORY OF SILENT NIGHT
Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd December 2016
Past events since Dec 2015 summarised from reviews in SEEK:
Richard III: A new Opera by Harry Coates - Saturday 5th September 2015
We had a large audience for the performance of this original one hour opera, with libretto and music by Harry Coates and performed by local young people who brought to life the story of Richard's short reign. The young musicians were led by Harry Coates and directed by St Mark's Choir Director, Louisa Denby. Bobby Coates (Tenor) wasRichard with Helena Smythe (Alto) as his Queen. Mary Coates and Thomas Gray (Trebles) featured as the ill-fated Princes in the Tower.
Slightly older cast members played Elizabeth Woodville (Clare Gye Coates) and the Archbishop of Canterbury (Andrew Watts). The Producer was Clare Gye Coates, the Director Roy Murray and Musical Director Louisa Denby.
The Opera swept us along with Richard's dark plots to usurp the crown through to the Battle of Bosworth – 530 years ago! The music was dramatic, powerful and evocative, performed by a choir and an eclectic ensemble consisting of church organ, violins, lute, harp , cello, double bass, electric guitar, keyboard, piano and percussion.
Richard III in rehearsal at St Mark's Church
Harry Coates (left) and members of the accompanying ensemble
Richard III with the Princes in the Tower
Meeting with Strangers December 2014
Photos of the Christmas Diaries: Meetings with Strangers
Stuart Warren as The Angel and Douglas Harding as Joseph
Debbie Pullinger as The Traveller
Sarah French as Mary
Jeremy Whitton Spriggs as The Shepherd
Tricia Peroni as The Lawyer
Singers: Claire Coates (solo singer - second from right in back row); Louisa Denby (director- first right in the front row) and the St Mark's Choir
Some of those who made it happen:
L-R Back Row: Wendy Walford (Co-director), Nick Warburton (Director and Writer); Barry Domvile (Front-of house); Chris Hammond (Lighting & Sound)
L-R Front Row: Jonathan Hellyer-Jones (Organist); Rita Lindard (Front-of-house); Monica Crammond (Stage Management); Richard Peroni (Lighting and Sound)
UNDER MILK WOOD:
On October 19th, 2014 we staged a dramatised reading of Dylan Thomas's famous work to mark his centenary. No fewer than 22 members and friends of our congregation took part in this one hour adaptation by Derek Cummings.
A previous event:
Psalm – May 2013
Jeremy Whitton-Spriggs as the condemned man, "John".
The cast and crew of the "Out of St Mark's" group production of "Psalm". (Photos by Dominic Bovair).
Back row: Martin Avery, Richard Peroni, Nick Warburton, Wendy Walford, Lynette Williamson; Front: Jeremy Whitton Spriggs, Tricia Peroni, Dave Foyle