in association with Aya Productions and bAKEHOUSE Theatre co. presents

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

by Eimear McBride, adapted for the stage by Annie Ryan

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This April, Brevity Theatre, are proud to present the AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE of A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing. The award-winning novel written by McBride is an intense interior monologue, and has been transposed with rigor for the stage by Annie Ryan. After it’s hugely successful seasons in the UK and US, it is the perfect time to tell this story and have this discussion here in Australia. Directed by Erin Taylor, and brought to the stage by a fiercely all-female team, this one women show will demand the attention of Sydney audiences.

Vivacious, poetic and raw, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing speaks the experience of a young woman coming of age. Subjected to the forces of stultifying religion, predatory men and a pious mother, this play will carry you into the heart, mind and body of a girl as she forms in front of your eyes.

Director Erin Taylor, who has experience dealing with intense female stories since her Sydney Theatre Award nominated production of Slut, says “A Girl Is Half Formed Thing is a beautiful and brutal play, a work of searing uncomfortable truths that demands to be staged right now in this critical point of our conversation about women. We had wanted to stage this show before the #metoo movement exploded into the public consciousness last year. That’s because it explores a lived truth for many women, women have known these stories, we have shared our pain together, but now we are emboldened to speak and now we are being listened to. The timing is fortuitous as we sit in this public reckoning both in Australia and overseas, I am deeply moved and honoured to bring the work to the stage at this moment.”

“Ella Prince, who will play the Girl is a formidable talent who brings her fierce intellect and instincts to the work.” Ella Prince, a RADA Graduate who is now based in Sydney, has been one-to-watch on the Sydney stages since her Sydney Theatre Award nomination for her work in The Shadow Box at the Old Fitz Theatre.

“There is an all-female creative team behind the one-woman whirlwind show. Producer Emma Diaz says “an all-female team is a rare occurrence in the Sydney scene, so it’s very exciting for everyone involved. It was extremely important for us that this young woman’s painful story had a female eye looking over every aspect of bringing it to life.”


Venue: Kings Cross Theatre (Kings Cross Hotel, 244 – 248 William Street, Kings Cross)
Dates: April 6 – 21, 2018
Times: 7:30pm (Tues – Sat); 5pm (Sun)
Running time: 70 minutes
Prices: Preview $26; Concession $32; Adult $36