A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing

Tuesday 12 - Saturday 16 May

By Eimear McBride
Adapted for the stage and directed by Annie Ryan

Celebrated Dublin theatre company The Corn Exchange brings to the stage the award-winning novel by Eimear McBride.

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing follows the inner narrative of a girl from the womb to twenty with vivid intensity and originality. She is a character of astonishing resilience and intelligence, someone determined to make sense of things amidst the crushing Catholicism and 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. Adapted for the stage and directed by Annie Ryan, and featuring award-winning actress Aoife Duffin (Moone Boy), A Girl is a Half-formed Thing was a sell-out hit at the Dublin Theatre Festival and promises to be an unforgettable theatrical experience here in Norwich.

The Corn Exchange’s previous international festival hits include Man of Valour, Freefall, Dubliners and Dublin by Lamplight. Eimear McBride’s acclaimed debut novel A Girl is a Half-formed Thing has won multiple awards, including the BAILEYS Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2014.

‘One of the best stage adaptations of a novel you’re likely to see’ ***** The Sunday Times

***** The Guardian *****The Financial Times  

Post show talk on Wednesday 13 May David Collard (Literary Review), talks to director and adaptor Annie Ryan, novelist Eimear McBride and actress Aoife Duffin.


Performance runs c. 80 mins (no interval)

“Duffin’s ‘powerhouse performance’ listed in the Top Ten Performances of 2014” ***** The Observer

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Supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council and Culture Ireland