Charles Macklin Autumn School – The Charles Macklin Autumn School is held annually in the beautiful village of Culdaff on the Inishowen peninsula. This Autumn School honours the memory of local playwright and actor Cathal MacLochlainn.
MacLochlainn was born in Gortanarin near Culdaff in 1690. He changed his name to Charles Macklin to pursue his dramatic career in London where he became one of the most famous actors and authors of his era. He gained his greatest fame in the role of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice.
Macklin revolutionized acting in the 18th century by introducing a natural style of acting, being the 1st actor of his generation to break away from the old declamatory style that had been the norm for centuries.
He died at the age of 107 and was buried in Poet’s Corner in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London on the 16th of July, 1797.
The autumn school features in the programme for City of Culture 2013