Landmark Productions and the Everyman
in association with the Abbey Theatre and Cork Midsummer Festival

Asking for It


The Abbey Theatre, Dublin
9 – 24 November* Book here.
Mon – Sat 7.30pm
Weds & Sat matinees at 2pm

*PLEASE NOTE: All performances of Asking for It at the Abbey Theatre are SOLD OUT. Returns, when available, will be sold at the Abbey Theatre box office (in person) one hour before each performance. Please DO NOT buy tickets from any unofficial website as they will not be valid.

A new stage adaptation of Louise O’Neill’s devastating novel, which shines an unflinching light on the experience of a young woman whose life is changed for ever by a horrific act of violence.

One night in a small town in Co. Cork, where everyone knows everyone, things spiral terrifyingly out of control.  What will happen now? – to Emma?  To her family?  To the others?

Asking for It is a brave, brilliant book: ‘a genuinely heartbreaking, sickening and truthful examination of society’s penchant for victim-blaming, its treatment of women and the concept of rape culture’ – The Guardian

Adapted for the stage by Meadhbh McHugh in a collaboration with the award-winning Annabelle Comyn, who also directs, the play had its world premiere as part of Cork Midsummer Festival in June 2018.

‘Try to be brave, grown-ups. O’Neill’s second novel may be scary, but it is riveting and essential. Teenagers will recognize its difficult truth and devour it – behind your backs, if need be.’ –The New York Times

Age Guidance: 16+

Asking for It

by Louise O’Neill
adapted for the stage by Meadhbh McHugh in collaboration with Annabelle Comyn

director –  Annabelle Comyn
set designer – Paul O’Mahony
costume designer – Niamh Lunny
lighting designer – Sinead McKenna
music and sound designer – Philip Stewart
video designer – Jack Phelan
movement director – Sue Mythen

Funded through an Arts Council Open Call Award