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Dublin Theatre Festival Preview – A Girl is a Half-formed Thing

A Girl is A Half Formed Thing

One of the bravest and therefore most interesting productions at this years DTF is surely Corn Exchange’s A Girl is a Half-formed Thing. Eimear McBride’s novel has won high praise since it was released late last year, and the stage conversion of this complex novel should be fascinating. It runs from the 25th of Sept to the 5th of Oct in the Samuel Beckett Theatre.

Corn Exchange Theatre Company

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride

Adapted for the stage and directed by Annie Ryan

as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2014

From the makers of international festival hits including Man of Valour, Freefall, Dubliners and Dublin by Lamplight, Dublin’s celebrated company The Corn Exchange brings to the stage an extraordinary and vital new voice in Irish writing. The production will premiere at the 2014 Dublin Theatre Festival on 28 September 2014.

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 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 deprivation of her Irish childhood.

Rebellious, unrelenting, with biting wit and brilliant spark, Eimear McBride writes with an urgency and honesty that will be 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 promises to be an unforgettable theatrical experience.

Directed by Annie Ryan

Performer: Aoife Duffin (Moone Boy, Spring Awakening UK Tour, The Crucible, Lyric Theatre (Winner, Best Supporting Actress Irish Times Theatre Awards 2012)

Music and Sound Design: Mel Mercier (Tony Award nominee for The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín)

Set Design: Lian Bell Star of the Sea (GIAF 2014), Drinking Dust (junk ensemble – 2009).

Lighting Design: Sinéad Wallace; Desire Under the Elms at Dublin Theatre Festival 2013 (Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Lighting Design for Corn Exchange’s production of Happy Days by Samuel Beckett)

Costume Design: Katie Crowley Love Song and Dance by Cois Ceim

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