A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing
by The Corn Exchange in association with Cusack Projects Ltd
Written by Eimear McBride
Directed by Annie Ryan
5th April - 9th April 2016
Photograph by Mihaela Bodlovic
This 80 minute monologue, delivered by Aoife Duffin, was a gruelling
experience to witness.
The main problem being I had zero empathy with the character she was
portraying, based in Ireland, who was smitten and downtrodden by religion.
In essence it was a prolonged rant against her strict Catholic family
and the Catholic church itself.
Its disorientating, stream of consciousness style quickly became tedious
to the extreme.
There was no light or shade throughout the performance, no subtlety,
just frequent outbursts of screaming and shouting of how cruel and bleak
life can be.
Subject matters covered included sexual abuse, domestic violence, alcoholism
and paedophiia. Nothing original was expressed about these dark life-affecting
aspects of humanity.
Looking upon a stage at a solitary woman prattling on for over an hour
was bad enough but even worse was the hit you over the head dialogue.