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A Girl is a Half-formed Thing

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing

by Eimear McBride
Adapted by Annie Ryan

17 Feb – 26 Mar

The Corn Exchange at Young Vic
In association with Cusack Projects Limited

The Maria

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Supported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme

Show information

"Duffin is vulnerable and majestic with a mesmerising rawness"
Evening Standard

"A courageously feminist production"
The Guardian 

A memorable evening of pure theatre"
The Sunday Independent

"Superbly shaped...remarkable performance"
The Financial Times

"This is shattering, unflinching, merciless theatre, painfully well made. A stunning performance from Aoife Duffin."
Mail on Sunday

"Performed by Aoife Duffin with an intensity that sucks the air from your lungs… brilliantly adapted by Annie Ryan.”
Sunday Times

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

"Duffin is remarkable throughout"
The Telegraph

A tour de force performance…This ferocious, gorgeous show transcends mere story"
Time Out 

"It’s a triumph"
The 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 

"Aoife Duffin’s powerhouse performance is a triumph"
The Observer’s Top Ten Performances of 2014 

A fearless, unflinching portrait of one girl’s turbulent journey into an adult world.

Fraught family relationships, dangerous intimate liaisons and dark moments of exploitation form a fascinating, fast-paced ride through a complex mind. 

Aoife Duffin performs with electric urgency in the London premiere of Annie Ryan’s spellbinding adaptation of Eimear McBride’s best-selling novel.

Age guidelines: 14+, 16+ for school groups

Contains strong language and references to sexual violence.

Click here to see what audiences are saying about the show. 


Monday - Saturday: 7.45pm

Wednesday & Saturday matinees: 2.45pm 
(except 17, 20, 24 Feb & 9 Mar)

Running time: 1 hour, 20 mins


Tickets: £10, £19.50, £25
Previews: (17 & 18 Feb) £10

A limited number of discounts are available for each performance. Early booking is advised.


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In the press

Aoife Duffin talks to Jenni Murray on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour about the process of preparing for A Girl is a Half-formed Thing

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing wins the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award - The Scotsman

A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing's Aoife Duffin wins The Stage Award for Acting Excellence at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe - The Stage

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing: the book that wants to be heard - The Guardian

Aoife Duffin gives 'a powerhouse performance' - The Observer's 10 standout theatrical performances of 2014

Eimear McBride talks to BBC Radio 4 Loose Ends about the transformation from page to stage

Adaptation & Direction Annie Ryan
Music & Sound Mel Mercier
Design Lian Bell
Light Sinéad Wallace
Costume Katie Crowley

Aoife Duffin

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