Colin Morgan, actor, 2004 to 2007. Best known for Merlin:
“We had classes with Iain Heggie in which he got us to set up an obstacle course in a room. We had benches up on top of pianos and tunnels. We went into pairs and blindfolded one who was then directed and shouted at by their partner, so you had all these people shouting at the top of their voices. It was fun at the time, but looking back it had a weird kind of parallel to how you felt going to drama school; it was disorienting, but it opened everybody up.
“My favourite production was the panto. We did Jack and the Beanstalk with a superhero theme. My character was Archie but his superhero alter ego was Marble Archie. It’s such ridiculous fun and unique because no other drama school would do panto. Technically and physically it is one of the most challenging things to do; to compete with an audience who are very much encouraged to shout at you, and to do three shows a day. We loved it. It is so far removed from Brecht and the other darker things that we do. The variety was the great thing.”
Registered users at the Herald Scotland can read the stories of the other alumni at this link. A selection of the "Drama at 60" portraits by KK Dundas (Colin's portrait/poster can be seen above) will be shown at the re-opening exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery from November 30 and as part of a larger exhibition in 2012.
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