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A Girl is a Half-formed Thing UK Tour and US Première

by Eimear McBride

Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol
26th Jan - 30th Jan

The Lowry, Salford
4th Feb - 6th Feb

Curve, Leicester
11th Feb -13th Feb

The Young Vic, London
17th Feb - 26th Mar

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
29th Mar - 2 April

Everyman, Liverpool
5th Apr - 9th Apr

Annie Ryan’s adaptation of Eimear McBride’s award winning novel, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, will tour the UK following a sell out season at the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015.

Tour dates include The Tobacco Factory, Bristol Tues 26 – Sat 30 Jan; The Quays Theatre, Lowry, Salford - 4 - 6 Feb, Curve, Leicester Thurs 11 -13 Feb, The Young Vic, London 17 Feb - 26 Mar

Weston Studio, Millennium Centre, Cardiff 29 March - 2 April Everyman, Liverpool 5th Apr - 9th April.

The US première will be at the Baryshnikov Arts Center New York from 20 – 30 April 2016, co-presented by Baryshnikov Arts Center and Irish Arts Centre.

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing won an Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award 2015 and a Scotsman Fringe First Award 2015. Aoife Duffin also received The Stage Award for Acting Excellence, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015.

Aoife Duffin will recreate her much acclaimed role. A Girl is a Half-formed Thing follows the inner narrative of a girl from the womb to twenty with vivid intensity. She 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. The playtext has been published by Faber and Faber.

Aoife Duffin roles include SKY TV series ‘Moone Boy’ with Chris O’Dowd, Headlong’s 2014 UK tour of ‘Spring Awakening’, Abigail in ‘The Crucible’, Lyric Theatre (Winner, Best Supporting Actress Irish Times Theatre Awards 2012). Annie Ryan founded The Corn Exchange in 1995 with writer Michael West. They have created an award-winning repertoire. Their productions at the Traverse Theatre have been Man of Valour 2011, Freefall 2010 and Dublin By Lamplight 2005 and Foley 2001. The music and sound design is by Mel Mercier (Tony Award nominee for ‘The Testament of Mary' by Colm Tóibín); with set design by Lian Bell ‘Star of the Sea’ (Galway International Arts Festival 2014), lighting design Sinéad Wallace; ‘Desire Under the Elms’ Dublin Theatre Festival 2013, (Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Lighting Design for Corn Exchange’s production of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Happy Days’); with costume design by Katie Crowley.

The incredible debut novel A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride won the Goldsmiths Prize for fiction 2013, followed by nominations for The Folio Prize and The Guardian First Book Prize. The novel won the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for fiction (formerly the Orange prize) plus the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award. Eimear McBride’s new novel 'The Lesser Bohemians' will be published by Faber in the UK and by Hogarth in the US this autumn.

The Corn Exchange is one of Ireland’s leading theatre companies .They have created an award-winning repertoire that has played in Ireland and internationally including Man of Valour 2011, Freefall 2010 and Dublin By Lamplight 2005 . Annie Ryan founded The Corn Exchange in 1995 and over the years has worked with and been supported by some of the best contemporary Irish artists including Michael West(writer) , Derbhle Crotty (actor) , Mark O’Halloran (actor and screenwriter), Dominic West (actor) and Lenny Abrahamson (film director).

Running Time 80 mins

It is produced by The Corn Exchange, Dublin in association with Cusack Projects and supported by Culture Ireland and Arts Council Ireland. The world première was at the Dublin Theatre Festival prior to a sold out tour of Ireland last year.

16 January 2016