ASKING FOR IT

ASKING FOR IT, Abbey Theatre
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 forever 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 collaboration with 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
A Landmark Productions and Everyman co-production, presented and co-commissioned by the Abbey Theatre.
Written by: Louise O’Neill
Adapted by: Meadhbh McHugh in collaboration with Annabelle Comyn
Directed by: Annabelle Comyn
Dates: 9th–24th November (SOLD OUT)
On the Abbey Stage
★★★★★
‘powerful, provocative, hard-hitting, shocking … a sharply observed and at times wincingly true-to-life portrayal of a family and its disintegration … funny, infuriating and unbearably sad’
Irish Examiner
★★★★
‘striking production … excellent cast … staggering dance sequence – fizzing with performed sexual confidence and aggression … unsettling and alarming’
Irish Times