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Landmark Productions and The Everyman
in association with the Abbey Theatre
Asking for It
★★★★★Irish Examiner ★★★★The Times★★★★Irish Times★★★★Sunday Times★★★★★The Reviews Hub★★★★★Irish Mail on Sunday ★★★★The Arts Review★★★★★Musings in Intermission ★★★★Sunday Business Post
Asking for It is a new stage adaption of Louise O’Neill’s devastating novel, which shines an unflinching light on the experience of a young woman whose life is changed forever by a horrific act of violence. It was adapted for the stage by Meadhbh McHugh in a collaboration with the award-winning Annabelle Comyn, who also directs the play.
Asking for It had its world premiere as part of Cork Midsummer Festival in June 2018 and went on to perform a sold-out, two-week run at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in November 2018. Asking for It was funded through an Arts Council Open Call Award.
★★★★★ powerful, provocative, hard-hitting … funny, infuriating and unbearably sad – Irish Examiner
★★★★ audible gasps and stunned silences each night … this is raw, real and riveting drama that forces us to ask questions of ourselves long after leaving the theatre – The Times
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
‘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
Asking for It is a Landmark Productions and Everyman co-production, presented in association with the Abbey Theatre.