The Corn Exchange Company's founder and director Annie Ryan talks about adapting Eimear McBride's award-winning novel, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing.
"I decided from very early on that the best way of staging it would be through one girl's voice, because the whole book is told from the inside of a girl's head, and so it made sense that she would be everybody else in the play - the mother, the brother and the uncle. I knew that the kind of language I've worked with before in pieces like Dubliners or in Man of Valour would lend itself to those transformations very easily in one performer.
"The book is amazing, and it's quite stylised in the way that it's written, with almost no commas and lots of full stops - it's actually more accessible to hear it than it is to read it. In a way, the challenge is to bring the fragmented nature of the book to the stage somehow, because we don't want to normalise it.
"Basically, it's the story of an ordinary Irish girl's life from the womb to 20. There's a lot of explosions - terrible things happen to the girl, and we're trying to figure out how many terrible things can an audience possibly take in one go?
"To say it's been a pleasure is kind of a weird one because the material is challenging and dark, but Eimear (McBride) has been really, really supportive and we're very blessed to have Aoife Duffin (pictured) perform it."
Running at the Samuel Beckett Theatre from September 25 to October 5