Macklin: Method and Madness at the Viking Theatre
Written and performed by Gary Jermyn & Michael James Ford
It is February 1941. London is being ravaged by the Blitz……At the BBC, a radio play for two voices has been commissioned to celebrate the bicentenary of a famous event – on Valentine’s Day 1741, Culdaff-born Charles Macklin first appeared on the London stage as Shylock in Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” – a role which he was to make his own for the next 50 years….Despite the air raid warnings, the show must go on.
A new play about the legendary 18th century actor, who rose from humble origins in Donegal to a triumphant career on the London stage where his realistic style of playing redefined the actor’s craft. His terrifying portrayal of Shylock was the sensation of the age and allegedly gave the King nightmares. Macklin himself was a pugnacious and quarrelsome individual, whose fiery temper led to an infamous backstage killing and subsequent murder charge.
Macklin: Method and Madness is written and performed by Gary Jermyn and Michael James Ford. Gary Jermyn is a Dublin-born writer and performer whose most recent works are My Life as a Chatshow Host and Allergic to Beckett. Michael James Ford is an actor and former artistic director of Bewley’s Café Theatre.
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"…eloquent and sympathetic… Ford and Jermyn graciously allow him another bow." The Irish Times
"The premise is great fun and performed with appealing gusto by the two authors." The Sunday Independent