All About My Mother

The Old Vic, August 2007

AAMM.1  21 and still looking -19, Colin crosses the street to appear at The Old Vic.

On his seventeenth birthday, Esteban is hit by a car and killed while chasing after actress Huma Rojo for her autograph. The play opens with Colin Morgan at a microphone. He plays Esteban who, unusually for a narrator, perishes in the opening few minutes but leaves his ghostly presence behind. His role is to assist his mother, Manuela in her quest to rediscover his absent father.


Manuela goes to Barcelona in search of Esteban’s father. While there, she gets caught up in the lives of three women: Agrado,  a long-lost transvestite friend, Rosa , a young nun in search of love and Huma Rojo, the famous actress that Manuela’s son so admired. As Manuela’s life begins to have meaning once more, her son’s father returns and the journey of discovery and forgiveness comes full circle.

The play deals with complex issues such as AIDS, homosexuality, transsexualism, faith, and existentialism.  Variety called it, “A rare mix of comedy, tragedy and hope.” In this production the very young Colin Morgan joins a group of established stage actors, among them Diana Rigg, Lesley Manville, and Mark Gatiss.

Colin said he had the one costume, hung around in the background, and just kept popping up in and around scenes as the ghost of Esteban, who wears a striped t-shirt for most of the play.


While I couldn’t find any reviews that specifically evaluated Colin’s performance, there is this interview by What’s On Stage, which we like a lot.


3 comments on “All About My Mother

  1. Twosocks says:

    Suntse, after seeing the pictures for the gala the other night, decided to haul “All About My Mother” out of the ‘need to read’ pile. Went looking for pictures of Mark Gatiss as Agrado, decided to check out one of Colin and–lo and behold–ended up here! Colin doesn’t do light stuff, does he? I must have read this already, but it was even better the second time around. Noticed that Sister Rosa was played by Joanne Froggartt. Rereading the review was great, too. I know I will never be able to personally, but mentally I try to thank Colin for all the things I’ve read and experienced since becoming a fan: tomorrow–going to see a play from the Young Vic at a theater half an hour’s drive from my house. It is a brave new world.

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    • And so it is … a new world! I felt the same realizing how following Colin had opened up new vistas for me … and all of them expanding my knowledge and appreciation. He is the ‘Pied Piper’ of the performing arts for me … I will follow him anywhere!


  2. […] Esteban: the victim of an early death, his apparition appears from time to time throughout the play to comfort his mother.            […]


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