There's enough poetry and narrative intensity in Bob Dylan's music to tell all kinds of stories. But now, in the world premiere of a new show at the Old Vic, playwright Conor McPherson (The Weir) weaves Dylan's classics into a story about one family's fate during America's Great Depression.
Named after Dylan's 1963 song Girl From the North Country the play is set in Duluth, Minnesota during the 1930s. It follows 'a family adrift', trying to stay afloat, against a backdrop of wanderers coming and going through the family's guesthouse. Then, one man thinks he has found an escape.
With Dylan's songs entwined through the story, expect a bluesy core, haunting strains of harmonica and a plot that draws on the story-telling tradition at the heart of folk music. We are curious to see whether the family finds an answer blowin' in the wind, or continue like a rolling stone with no direction home to end finally knockin' on heaven's door.
Usually, Dylan is particularly protective of his music and its use, so his permission for the songs to be used in a new stage show adds the excitement surrounding Girl From the North Country.
All we know about the specific songs that will feature is they were chosen by playwright Conor McPherson.
And before wary Dylan fans start picturing dance numbers and chorus lines, it's worth nothing that instead of a musical, Girl From the North Country is being billed as a play with songs. Old Vic artistic director Matthew Warchus describes the new work as 'like a ritual or a church service in that there is dramatic dialogue, story and then you become airborne for a moment in the Bob Dylan music'.
Culture Whisper readers get exclusive access to half price tickets on the Sat 22 July matinee performance of Girl From the North Country.
|What||Girl From the North Country, Old Vic|
The Old Vic
The Cut, London, SE1 8NB | MAP
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
12 Jul 17 – 07 Oct 17, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Price||£12 - £65|
|Website||Click here for more information and to book|