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A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride

Adapted for the stage and directed by Annie Ryan and performed by Aoife Duffin
Music and Sound Composed by Mel Mercier, Set design by Lian Bell, Lighting Design by Sinéad Wallace, Costume by Katie Crowley

This haunting work honors the hopelessness implicit in those questions. But, make no mistake, it leaves an indelible mark on the memory.

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Winner of The Stage Acting Award for Aoife Duffin, The Scotsman Fringe First Award, The Amnesty International Freedom of Expression award for 2015 and Manchester Theatre Awards' Best Visiting Actress 2017
Eimear McBride’s extraordinary debut novel, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, won numerous literary awards including the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2014. The story follows the inner narrative of a girl from the womb to the age of twenty with vivid intensity and originality. This is a character of astonishing resilience and intelligence; someone determined to make sense of things amidst the crushing Catholicism and poverty of her Irish childhood.

Rebellious, unrelenting, with biting wit and brilliant spark, Eimear McBride's urgent text was   embodied with ferocious electricity in performance by Aoife Duffin under the eye of adaptor and creator Annie Ryan.

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Feb 13, 2016

Girl, uninterrupted: staging Eimear McBride’s chaotic masterpiece

With its claustrophobic style and dark subject matter, could the Baileys-winning smash A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing ever succeed as theatre? Sarah Crompton discovers a show that redefines ‘immersive’

The Guardian

Aug 09, 2015

A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing: the book that wants to be heard

To make sense of Eimear McBride’s book I read the first chapters out loud. By the end, I was gasping in horror – and knew I had to adapt it for the stage.

The Guardian



Premiered in Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin Theatre Festival 2014, Norwich and Norfolk Festival and Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe 2015, Irish and UK tour including a run at the Young Vic in London and New York's Baryshnikov Arts Centre Spring 2016.