Girl From the North Country

Aug 07, 2017

In Girl from the North Country, award-winning playwright Conor McPherson beautifully weaves the iconic songbook of Bob Dylan into a story full of hope, heartbreak and soul.

The show premiered to critical acclaim at The Old Vic, London, in July 2017, in a production directed by Conor McPherson. The published script includes the full text of the play – including lyrics to the twenty-one Dylan songs that feature – plus an introduction by McPherson.

Duluth, Minnesota. 1934. A community living on a knife-edge. Lost and lonely people huddle together in the local guesthouse.

The owner, Nick, owes more money than he can ever repay, his wife Elizabeth is losing her mind and their daughter Marianne is carrying a child no one will account for. So, when a preacher selling bibles and a boxer looking for a comeback turn up in the middle of the night, things spiral beyond the point of no return…

★★★★★ – ‘Beguiling and soulful and quietly, exquisitely, heartbreaking’ (London Evening Standard)

★★★★★ – ‘Bob Dylan’s back catalogue is used to glorious effect in Conor McPherson’s astonishing cross-section of hope and stoic suffering’ (Guardian)

★★★★★ – ‘The idea is inspired and the treatment piercingly beautiful’ (Independent)