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A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride

Adapted for the stage by Annie Ryan and performed by Aoife Duffin

“Unflinching…magnificent…The narrative transposes effortlessly to the stage, as if this is where it belongs.”

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Winner of numerous literary awards including the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2014, Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-formed Thing 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 writes with an urgency that will be totally electric in performance.

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Production Team


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. Brought to New York's Baryshnikov Arts Centre & venues across the UK in Spring 2016.