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 will have 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
Asking for It
by Louise O’Neill
adapted for the stage by Meadhbh McHugh in a collaboration with Annabelle Comyn
director – Annabelle Comyn
set designer – Paul O’Mahony
lighting designer – Sinead McKenna
sound designer – Philip Stewart
Funded through an Arts Council Open Call Award