Congratulations to Former Student, Colin Morgan, winner of the 'Best Drama Performance' Award at the National Television Awards. Winning for his role as 'Merlin' in the hit BBC TV series, Colin drew more votes than performances by Sherlock's Benedict Cumberatch, Doctor Who's Matt Smith and Daniel May, who played Ronnie Biggs in ITV's Mrs Biggs. Colin studied at Integrated College Dungannon from 1997 until 2002, winning the 'Denis Rooney Associates Cup' for best overall student in Year 10. A keen musician and budding actor, Colin starred in several college productions including the renowned 'Surgical Sensations at St Senapods' and 'Bad Day at Black Frog Creek'.
On leaving ICD, Colin gained a National Diploma in Performing Arts from the Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education in 2004. He went on to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, where he graduated from in 2007. In November 2010, the Belfast Metropolitan College honoured Colin with an Award of Distinction for his contribution to the Arts.
On stage in 2007, Morgan debuted as Vernon Little in the title role of the Young Vic's adaptation of DBC Pierre's Vernon God Little and as Esteban in the Old Vic stage adaptation of Pedro Almodovar's Todo sobre mi madre (All About My Mother). In 2008, he appeared as Jimmy Rosario in the Young Vic production of Thomas Babe's A Prayer for My Daughter. In 2011, he played Carlos in the Royal Court Theatre production of Colombian dramaturg Pedro Miguel Rozo's play Our Private Life. On 9th December 2012 Colin performed in Step in Time at The Old Vic 24 Hour Musicals Celebrity Gala in aid of The Old Vic Trust.
Colin also featured in two minor TV roles: John Leary in sketches on The Catherine Tate Show and Jethro Cane in the Doctor Who episode 'Midnight' (2008).
He played the title role in the BBC TV series Merlin from 2008 to 2012 and with the fifth series being the last we were keen to know where Colin would appear next and were delighted to be informed that Colin will soon be back on the screen starring alongside Gabriel Byrne in the BBC Drama - 'Quirke'.
The next show at Integrated College Dungannon performed by the Sixth Form Performing Arts students will be ‘Calamity Jane’ which will take place on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd May at 7.30pm.
In the wild-west outpost of Deadwood City, 1876, we find the sharp shooting tomboy, Calamity Jane surrounded by cowboys, townsfolk, and the famous Wild Bill Hickock. After a mix-up in the talent pool at Deadwood's saloon-theatre, the Golden Garter, Calam goes to Chicago to import to Deadwood the glamorous actress, Adelaide Adams, but returns by mistake with her maid, Katie Brown instead. Back in Deadwood, Katie's inability to perform is overcome as she wins the heart of the young Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin, and when Calam sheds her tomboy persona at a ball at the local Fort and becomes a true woman, she realizes that she loves Wild Bill Hickock. A show with dancing, singing, comedy and romance.
Tickets will be available at the College from Monday 8th April. Anyone wishing to attend is advised to book tickets early to avoid disappointment.
Congratulations Colin from the Governors, staff and students of the college