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A Girl is a Half-formed Thing

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing
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Aoife Duffin is mesmerising.” ★★★★★
The Financial Times


    Written byBy Eimear McBride and adapted for the stage by Annie Ryan
    Start date6 Aug 2015
    End date30 Aug 2015
  • TicketsPreviews £14/£8 concessions. Other: Full price £20 / Standard concession £15 / Other concession £8
    Genre Festival, Theatre,


    The Corn Exchange, makers of festival hits Man of Valour, Freefall and Dublin By Lamplight, return to the Traverse with this astonishing portrayal of an Irish girl trying to make sense of her fractured childhood.

    Rebellious and unrelenting, Aoife Duffin performs with an urgency and honesty that is electrifying. / @Thecornexchange

    Thu 6 Aug (7pm)
    Sat 8 Aug (1.30pm)

    Preview ticket price
    £14/£8 concession

    Sun 9 – Sun 30 August

    Running Time
    1hr 20mins

    Full price £20
    Standard concession £15
    Other concession £8

    The amount stated is the final price for tickets through all sales channels. For further fee information, see our Box Office information page.


    Age Recommendation

    Note: Contains violent and sexually explicit material, including strong language.

    Image by Richie Gilligan

    Supported by The Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council. International Touring is supported by Culture Ireland.

    • Annie Ryan

    • Aoife Duffin

    • Mel Mercier

      Music & Sound Designer
    • Lian Bell

      Set Designer
    • Katie Crowley

      Costume Designer
    • Sinéad Wallace

      Lighting Designer
    • Aoife Duffin is mesmerising.” ★★★★★
      The Financial Times
    • This production is an extremely well-formed thing." ★★★★★
      The List
    • The sheer imaginative and linguistic force of this story is astonishing” ★★★★
      The Scotsman
    • Extraordinary acting” ★★★★
      The Times
    • She fills the stage with her presence… it is impossible to look away” ★★★★
      The Skinny
    • This ferocious, gorgeous show transcends mere story” ★★★★
      Time Out
    • A performance of extraordinary courage.” ★★★★
      The Daily Telegraph
    • A stunning performance”
      Edinburgh Guide
    • The performance is terrific”
      Across The Arts
    • Duffin’s mastery of the language of the play is absolute; she rides every lilt and drift, like music. It’s a technically accomplished performance in so many ways, a thing of craft and skill, but also great delicacy: a glorious performance." ★★★★
      The Stage
    • ...a courageously feminist production." ★★★★★
      The Guardian
    • Not half, but newly-formed, brittle and intricate." ★★★★
      The Irish Times
    • Aoife Duffin’s powerhouse performance is a festival triumph.”
      The Observer’s Top Ten Performances of 2014
    • "One of the best adaptations of a novel you are likely to see.”
      The Sunday Times
    •'s an extraordinary, sorrowful and illuminating performance from Aoife Duffin as the nameless girl, directed faultlessly by Ryan in a memorable evening of pure theatre.
      Sunday Independent
    • One of the most lauded productions of this year’s fringe…” ★★★★
      The Guardian
    • Duffin’s fearless performance leaves you spluttering in admiration.” ★★★★
      The Sunday Times
    • Duffin's performance as the girl that is most extraordinary of all ... a fearless display” ★★★★
      The Herald
    • Crafted to near perfection” ★★★★
      Fest Magazine

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