In Association with Cusack Projects Limited
The Corn Exchange
A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (U.S. Premiere)
Adapted for the stage and directed by Annie Ryan
Performed by Aoife Duffin
“One of the best stage adaptations of a novel you’re likely to see.” - The Sunday Times
"A courageously feminist production" - The Guardian
"Superbly shaped...remarkable performance" - The Financial Times
The Corn Exchange, one of Ireland’s leading independent theater companies, makes its New York debut with A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, which follows, with vivid intensity and originality, the inner narrative of a girl from womb to age twenty. In a career-defining performance, Duffin (Edinburgh Stage Award for Acting Excellence) portrays a character of astonishing resilience and intelligence, determined to rise above her deprived childhood in Ireland. Rebellious and unrelenting, with biting wit and brilliant spark, McBride writes with an urgency and honesty that “transposes effortlessly to the stage, as if this is where it belongs“ (The Guardian UK).
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Eimear McBride grew up in Sligo and Mayo. At seventeen, she moved to London to study acting at the Drama Centre. At twenty-seven she wrote A Girl is a Half-formed Thing and spent most of the next decade trying to have it published.
Eventually picked up by Galley Beggar Press in Norwich, it went on to win the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Desmond Elliot Prize, Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, and the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize. She is working on her second novel.
Annie Ryan, originally from Chicago, trained as an actor at the Piven Theatre Workshop from the age of 12, and at 18 became a member Chicago’s Commedia company, New Crime. She received a BFA in Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
These combined vocabularies formed the foundation of her work with The Corn Exchange, founded in 1995. Ryan has directed all of the company’s productions to date, including modern classics, adaptations, and original works created in collaboration with writer Michael West. She teaches regularly for The Corn Exchange and other theaters across the country.
Aoife Duffin trained at the Samuel Beckett Centre at Trinity College, Dublin. Theatre work has included Spring Awakening (Headlong); The Crucible (Lyric Theatre, Belfast); Christ Deliver Us! (Abbey Theatre, Dublin); The Silver Tassie (Druid); The Importance of Being Earnest and Solemn Mass for a Full Moon in the Summer (Rough Magic); The Crumb Trail and Oedipus Loves You (Pan Pan Theatre); and Little Gem (Gúna Nua).
Televison work has included: Moone Boy (Sky). Film work has included Earthbound (Ripplewood Pictures); Out of Here (Stalker Films); What Richard Did (Element Pictures); Behold the Lamb (Film Four); Joy (Venom Films); Fear of Flying (Animation); and When Harvey Met Bob (BBC).