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Friday, November 07, 2008

Backyard Bard does Baldhead

just got back from seeing the backyard bard's production of Elisha.
basically it's just really good bible telling, or bible storying - listening to real people reading out God's word in an engrossing fashion. they came up to Sydney last year also, to do Elijah; they've also done Ruth, and one of the members has been in the states doing Elijah on his own. see him here below (the top clip is just a promo, this is the sort of stuff they actually do:

on a personal note, it's pretty cool to see where they're at now - i went to uni with some of these guys around the turn of the millenium; working out how to use both gifts in theatre, or artistic gifts in general, and love for Jesus to serve the gospel is a real challenge - it's great to see the sort of things they're up to. they started with lots of non-actors doing the whole of Mark's gospel, now they've got a whole swathe of Bible stories up their sleeve!

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Blogger Mark said...

Looks good Doug.

Takes me back to performing the end of Mark's gospel in 1st year. Method acting. The fear was real.

6:57 am  
Blogger psychodougie said...

i only just got it! i think...

so you got out of your last exam and just kept running?
what made you come back and do 2-3 years? did you too see the resurrected Jesus, or have a pentecost-like experience doing summer greek?

1:46 pm  
Blogger Mark said...

Sorry Doug. More explanation required ...

I'm not sure if you guys did it this year, but in my day we did live dramatic readings (=performances) of Mark's gospel in NT1 class. I read the crucifixion scene, which was really quite intense to perform with no Bible or lectern to hide behind.

3:38 pm  
Blogger psychodougie said...

yeah right. thought there was a double entendre there that there wasn't!
we did that as well this year - culminating in Ephesians 6:10-20, with a guy in full commando uniform demonstrating the different weaponry of God. unfortunately for them the first comment by Con was 'one of the questions people ask, is can the weaponry be modernised. my answer is no.' he was kind, but it was funny. i appreciated when you tried to do that a couple of times at WS - unfortunately i never get on the reading roster these days or i would try and get it happening a bit more!

3:48 pm  
OpenID nathanjameslee said...

A guy from Backyard Bard visited Youthworks earlier in the year...good stuff. I wonder if this was how the OT was originally passed on from one Israelite generation to the next?

5:24 pm  

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