#ColinMorgan: ‘There’s a real war against mediocrity right now’

” Now 32, Morgan — best known for playing the title role in the BBC series Merlin — is about to appear for the first time at the National Theatre, now run by Norris.

He’ll star in a major revival of Brian Friel’s Translations, a deceptively gentle title for a play that’s essentially about an act of cultural violence. Set in the 19th century, a group of English Royal Engineers turn up in rural Donegal and start renaming everything with anglicised names. Morgan plays Owen, the son of a local schoolmaster who returns to the village after six years in Dublin and acts as a go-between for the English and Irish. ”

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