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

Asking for It

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


The Abbey Theatre, Dublin
9 – 24 November. Book here.

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
sound designer – Philip Stewart
video designer – Jack Phelan
movement director – Sue Mythen

Age: 16+

Funded through an Arts Council Open Call Award