Our Intern Penelope went to the theatre to see ‘A Girl is a Half-formed Thing’. The adaptation of Eimear McBride’s award-winning debut novel first took to the stage for its UK tour on the 26th Jan 2016. Adapted for the stage and directed by Annie Ryan, the play follows one girl’s struggle from birth into adulthood – a cyclical journey of hardship, abuse and self-destruction.
An enthralling performance by Aoife Duffin sees the Irish actress step into the role of a multitude of characters, at once playing mother and daughter, brother and sister, perpetrator and victim and single-handedly encapsulating an entire web of tragedy as it spins itself around one vulnerable, young girl.
Now showing at the Young Vic, London, the play arrived in the capital, quite aptly, in time for International Woman’s Day. It has been hailed by the Sunday Times as ‘one of the best stage adaptations of a novel you’re likely to see,’ and Penelope can’t help but agree. “Immersive, fast-paced and brutally bare-faced in its confrontation with reality, the play took me prisoner. There’s no escaping its emotional intensity; it’s set in such a small theatre with not a single prop to distract. Though at times I wanted to, I didn’t look away once from the moment the lights dimmed, till the moment I found myself up on my feet in applause.”
‘A Girl is a Half-formed Thing’ will be showing in London until the 26th March, before moving on to Cardiff.