Michael Drin

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Michael Drin (19**-) Actor, playwright, broadcaster. (Stage name of ** McCullagh).


His sons are musicians Tully McCullagh and Mike McCullagh, and his grandson is actor James McCullagh.



He worked for 5 years with the Brian Brooke Company in Cape Town.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

As actor

As stage actor:

Appeared in The Ball at the Castle (1952), Dial M for Murder, The Deep Blue Sea, A Streetcar Named Desire, Look Back in Anger (1957), Mornings at Seven (1959), A Moon for the Misbegotten (1960), The Corn is Green (1962), Becket (1963), After the Fall (1964), Richard II (as Duke of York, 1968), The Merry Wives of Windsor (as Justice Shallow at Maynardville, January 1969), The Magistrate (1969), Othello (1970), Richard Gush of Salem (1970), Biography (1971), Hadrian the Seventh (1971-3), McCullough, or Travels with a Collapsible Woman (CAPAB 1972), The School for Wives (1973), Home (1978), Playing with Fire (1983), Francis (1985), Whose Life is it Anyway? (1990s).

As film actor

Decision to Die (1978); Next Stop Makouvlei (1972).

As radio actor

Nelson, prelude and fugue: a radio play (SABC, 196*)

As writer


Signpost to fear [thriller] by Michael Drin (1964)

Stage plays

Wrote Remember Island, Floodlight, The Chinese Mask(in "Second Windmill Book Of One act Plays" published by Heinemann educational 1963), Puppet Prince (prod UK 1964); Portuguese Match (1967), Inquest on Gordon (1978), Chad (1981), The Phantom of the Opera (1990).*

He wrote the book for the rock fantasy Kings of Rok.

TV series

Co-author with Johan Beukes of Interster, (C-Films, 1981)

Awards, etc

He received the Amstel Playwright of the Year Special Merit Award in 1978 for his play Inquest on Gordon and in 1981 for Chad.





Baxter Theatre programme (Every Good Boy Deserves Favour)

Mornings at Seven programme notes, 1959.

Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

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