The Old Vic, August 2007
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.