The Shape of a Girl by Joan MacLeod

What do we see "a girl in the shape of a monster: a monster in the shape of a girl?"

The Shape of a Girl is an internationally acclaimed play loosely based on a real incident. The central character of the play, Braidie, is fascinated by the tv news coverage of this shocking event because she is struggling with her own silence and inaction regarding a situation in her own life.

The Shape of a Girl is a sparse, tightly written and beautiful piece of theatre which investigates the concept of the gang, the excluder and the witness. What do we see, “A girl in the shape of a monster: a monster in the shape of a girl?”

The Programme

The programme of work (Performance, Workshop and Teacher Resource Material) is specially designed for Second Year to Transition Year classes and performs to two classes at a time (up to a maximum of 65 students).

The Aims of the Programme are:

  • to explore codes of behaviour, tacit complicity and aggression;
  • to look at the fine line which separates an extreme act from an everyday occurrence;
  • to examine relationships and emotional truth.

The Cost of the Programme

€390 per performance, however if you book a second performance the cost of the second performance will be reduced to €300.

The Location of the Theatre

The performance takes place in Graffiti Theatre, Assumption Road, Cork. See our contact page for a location map.


For more information tel: 021-4397111 or email:

Teachers’ Resource Pack