Conor McPherson: How a boy from Dublin got to run wild with Bob Dylan’s songbook

Getting the music legend’s blessing to fashion a show from his songs was easier than you’d think, he explains, plus about his friendly rivalry with Martin McDonagh, why he quit alcohol and the ‘woke’ revolution in Irish theatre

Director Conor McPherson. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Donál Lynch

The story goes that Bob Dylan came offstage at the Royal Albert Hall one night in 2015 and was told about Conor McPherson’s idea for a musical based on Dylan’s songbook.