What the critics are saying about Girl from the North Country

null

Described as ‘an instant classic’ by The Times, Girl from the North Country has been receiving a flurry of accolades since its press night on Wednesday. Take a look at what the critics have been saying about Conor McPherson’s new show.  

Book Tickets

 

The Independent
Five Stars

‘The idea is inspired and the treatment piercingly beautiful… Henderson’s rendition of “Like a Rolling Stone” is laceratingly lovely, performed with mighty vocal and moral heft, as though song has allowed Elizabeth to cut her though her confusion to some ringing insight into the transients who are their clientele… Two formidable artists have shown respect for the integrity of each other’s work here and the result is magnificent.’

The Guardian
Five Stars

‘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.’

The Times
Five Stars

‘You don’t need to know his songs to fall for this play by Conor McPherson, which includes 20 of them. But if you do know them well, as I do, then there are moments when you can just close your eyes and melt into the night.’

The Evening Standard
Five Stars

‘This is Dylan like we’ve never heard him before, 20 songs sculpted into plaintive but beautiful new arrangements by Simon Hale. Some numbers are familiar, others less so, but nearly all are delivered so hauntingly well by the 20-strong company that they send shivers down the spine as we hear the lyrics afresh.’

The Observer
Five Stars

‘You could not predict the gleaming, expansive talent of actors who prove able not only to shimmy but memorably to sing.’

 

Time Out
Four Stars

‘The arrangements – by Simon Hale – are ravishing, songs building through bare vocals then layered with fiddle  and an omnipresent kick drum played by whichever member of the cast happens to be walking past.’

The Stage
Four Stars

‘The show sends you out on a high, with Dylan’s lyrics embedded in your head, destined to stay there for days.’

Culture Whisper
Five Stars

‘McPherson takes tracks spanning 1963-2012 and inserts them into one winter in 1934. He describes it as ‘a conversation between the songs and the story’; they illuminate each other and embody the storytelling heart of folk music. The effect is transcendent.’

The Express
Four Stars

‘Everyone brings something new to the songs, especially the extraordinary Shirley Henderson whose incandescent, heartbreaking rendition of Like A Rolling Stone stops the show. Hats off, too, to Sheila Atim whose delivery of Tight Connection To My Heart hooks us into the story.’

Have you seen Girl from the North Country? Let us know what thought and discover what our audiences about #OVGirl.

Book Tickets

You May Also Like

Related Productions

Girl from the North Country

null
voices off

Can Lyrics be Literature?