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Girl from the North Country Review

Image credit: Johan Persson/Theatre Royal Plymouth

By Josh Tate

Girl from the North Country isn’t any old musical. It is a very moving show made by Connor McPherson around Bob Dylan’s songs. The songs from Bob Dylan include: ‘Like A Rolling Stone’, ‘Hurricane’, ‘Make You Feel My Love’ and ‘Forever Young’ which really set the mood throughout.

Going into this show, I knew nothing about the plot or even what happens in it, other than the songs of legend, Bob Dylan, which the play was based around. However, it was instantly a hit with me due to the high levels of energy from the get-go.

The story is set in a guest house is run by Nick and Elizabeth, she has dementia and is facing a foreclosure on their property. They also have a son who is always drunk, and an adopted black daughter who is pregnant and doesn’t have a partner.

Lots of different people cross paths during a major turning point in their lives. As they search for a new future, they face unstated facts about what is actually going on.

The cast of the player were outstanding, especially Frances McNamee who played Elizabeth. Her singing and convincing acting made the crowd applause on many occasions, her jokes, and humourous nature throughout forced laughter amongst the audience. Mrs Neilson, who was the widow, had an incredible voice and enlightened many of the scenes. The play was upbeat and exciting throughout.

Image credit: Johan Persson/Theatre Royal Plymouth


The show ended with the song, Forever Young, which caused many emotions and even the optimism amongst the audience.

Girl from North Country was a great watch, and it is at theatre royal, Plymouth until Saturday the 5th of November.  The show is on tour around the UK after Plymouth, you can find the next locations on the girl from north country website.

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