Girl from the North Country
Girl from the North Country is a new musical written by Conor McPherson and featuring the music of Bob Dylan.
Girl from the North Country is set in Duluth, Minnesota in the midst of the Great Depression. At a family run guesthouse, lost and lonely individuals come together and one man believes that he may have a solution to their problems.
The musical opens at the Old Vic Theatre in July 2017.
Because the songs are so good, it is easy to overlook the economy and skill with which McPherson evokes the mood of 1930s America: the racism that leads the black boxer to be alternately insulted and exploited, the poverty that has highways lined with people living in tents. As director, McPherson has created an astonishingly free-flowing production and the 19-strong cast, which includes three musicians, is so uniformly strong it is tough to pick out individuals.
It is, says McPherson in a programme note, a ‘conversation between the songs and the story’ and what a conversation it is, beguiling and soulful and quietly, exquisitely, heartbreaking. This is, in short, a very special piece of theatre.
The idea is inspired and the treatment piercingly beautiful.