Unbelievable Talent Right from the Start...
If you are a Colin Morgan fan, you may very well know that he was still in his final term at RSAMD (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) when he was cast in the lead role of the play Vernon God Little at the Young Vic theatre in London’s West End.
Director Rufus Norris said this of finding and casting Colin:
Good casting directors have their spies in many places. We did have to look pretty hard for that part and it took a long time. Colin was literally the last person we saw. There were two others who were all right but when Colin came in on the last day we knew we had our Vernon. (x)
The play, which ran from April 30, to June 9, and then extended to June 23, 2007, gained rave reviews for Colin. Here are just a few:
All this would have mattered little had Norris - a director with something of a Midas touch at the moment - not made a genuine discovery in newcomer Colin Morgan, as Vernon.
Full of restless energy and youthful charisma from start to finish, Morgan is an absolute delight and carries the weight of the production on his shoulders with ease and a certain swagger, in what is his major stage debut. (x)
Norris shapes a terrific professional debut from rangy Colin Morgan as Vernon. Although still at drama school, Morgan can turn his emotions on a dime. Onstage throughout, alive with contempt, he keeps the play alight. Vernon starts out as a slacker but Morgan invests him with focused energy. (x)
Morgan (who has yet to graduate from drama school) gives a remarkably assured performance and manages his role as the dramatic centre of the piece with terrifying aplomb in one so young. (x)
Colin Morgan’s Vernon belies his relative inexperience. Even if you can see Norris’ directorial hand moulding his youthful enthusiasm at moments, it is still an exceptional achievement to hold the dramatic centre of the piece with such aplomb. (x)
Even the author of the book that the play was adapted from, DBC Pierre had this to say about him:
But he’s thrilled by the young actor Colin Morgan, who plays Vernon. “He’s absolutely spot on. I think it’s the first time I’ve had an image in my head of Vernon. I didn’t really picture him for the book. If you look in the text, all you know is that he has long eyelashes and dodgy hair.” (Independent, May 2, 2007)
In fact, the play was so well received that it was nominated for an Olivier Award (Britain’s equivalent to the American Tony Awards) for Best New Play in 2008! (x)
No doubt, it was nominated in large part because of Colin’s performance, who was in nearly every scene in the 2 hour and 40 minute play.
A pretty amazing debut for our favourite actor from Armagh.
(I certainly hope that his drama instructor at RSAMD, who had to travel to London to see the play for Colin’s final grade, gave him top marks!)