5 Reasons to See Girl from the North Country

By Kay Johal
Wednesday 07 February 2018

There is always something exciting about the West End in the beginning of the year. With Christmas over and done with and there is a treat for all the lovers coming up very soon, something is needed to bridge the gap in theatreland. In situ for a spell at the delightful Noel Coward Theatre, Girl from the North Country is receiving rave reviews and leaving theatre-goers spellbound.

5 Reasons to See Girl from the North Country

At first glance Girl from the North Country may not be everyone’s cup of tea. It’s not a jukebox musical, sure it has Dylan’s melodic and hypnotising songs and lyrics lovingly placed at the most poignant places, however, you don’t have to be an invested Bob fan to sit through the piece. I could give you a hundred and more reasons to go and see it. Instead, I set out below my top five justifications why you should. And believe me, you really should.

  • It’s set in the midst of the Depression. There are similarities between then and now which ring startlingly true, even more so with the current state of political affairs. However, you leave the theatre with a deeper sense of understanding. At least of the play, if not of the current President.
  • Dementia, as appallingly sad back then as it is now is a running theme. The sadness spills over how lucky we are to modern medicine able to deal with the onset of memory loss. How it affects Elizabeth, one half of the couple who run the guesthouse where our story is set.
  • Nick and Elizabeth have an adopted daughter who is unmarried, pregnant and single. They also have a son who is labouring under the misapprehension that he is the next great thing in the literary world. Watch what happens when life serves you up a big plate of love and loss.
  • The song list. A particular favourite of mine is Hurricane.
  • The cast. Bronagh Gallagher reminds us all of her dulcet tones. However, stand out performance of the night goes to Sheila Atim. Her very soul is poured into the character that she has created and the standing ovation was richly deserved.

Girl from the North Country is a thought-provoking way to spend an evening in theatreland. You left counting your blessings as opposed to counting your problems, and if theatre can provide you to see the boundaries of your own life, then Girl From The North Country should be greatly applauded for bringing home the bacon.

Girl from the North Country tickets are available now through the end of the run March 24, 2018.



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Kay Johal

Kay can often be found frequenting the bright lights and golden-paved streets of London, having always had a love of theatre. She particularly enjoys the musicals, ranging from Phantom of the Opera to Jersey Boys, to plays such as No Man's Land.  She is lucky enough to have been able to see a wide range of shows and looks forward to being able to further immerse herself in all the West End has to offer.  Kay is a deep thinker with an honest and very real passion for writing and is particularly excited to be a part of the team so she can share her enthusiasm and views with you all on London Theatre Direct. You can also find her on Instagram.

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