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We're delighted our acclaimed production A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride, adapted for the stage and directed by Annie Ryan, is playing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at Traverse Theatre

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We are thrilled to announce the Faber and Faber have published Annie Ryan's stage adaptation of Eimear's novel.

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A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride

Adapted for the stage and directed by Annie Ryan

Performed by Aoife Duffin
Music and sound design by Mel Mercier
Set design Lian Bell
Lighting by Sinéad Wallace
Costume by Katie Crowley

“Duffin’s powerhouse performance is a festival triumph”

Sold-out hit of the 2014 Dublin Theatre Festival, Annie Ryan’s courageous and startling adaptation of Eimear McBride’s award-winning novel returns to the stage for a limited run.
From the makers of international festival hits including Man of Valour, Freefall, Dubliners and Dublin by Lamplight, The Corn Exchange transposes the novel “effortlessly to the stage, as if this is where it belongs,” says The Guardian.

A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing follows the
 inner narrative of a girl from the womb to twenty with vivid intensity and originality. This is a character of astonishing resilience and intelligence, someone determined to make sense of things amidst the deprivation of her Irish childhood. Rebellious, unrelenting with biting wit and brilliant spark Eimear McBride writes with an urgency and honesty that is totally electric in performance.

Featuring award-winning actress Aoife Duffin (Moone Boy) in a career-defining role, A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing is an unforgettable theatrical experience.

“One of the best stage adaptations of a novel you are likely to see”


***** The Guardian ***** The Observer ***** The Financial Times ***** The Sunday Times

“Duffin’s exceptional portrayal is the best of her career” The Irish Times

“A memorable evening of pure theatre” The Sunday Independent

“Superbly shaped . . . remarkable performance.” The Financial Times

“We’re captivated by Duffin’s mesmerizing performance . . . There’s more tension, drama and suspense in this pungent, pugnacious single-handed performance than in most contemporary Irish drama with a full cast” The Irish Independent

“The production is stark, intense and brilliantly executed . . . an intelligent and gripping piece of theatre” The Sunday Business Post

On A Girl . . .

“[McBride] is definitely a genius . . . Truth-spilling, uncompromising and brilliant . . . An instant classic.”
Anne Enright on A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing, The Guardian

"Eimear McBride is a writer of remarkable power and originality." David Collard, The Times Literary Supplement

"McBride’s themes and language prove her to be fearless, and her voice is utterly compelling and unique. Hers is a name we’ll be hearing a lot about in the future." Sinead Gleeson, Irish Times