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

Asking for It

9 - 24 November 2018

Booking Information

Dates: 9 – 24 November
On the Abbey Stage

Free First Preview9 November

Times: Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Sat & Wed Matinees 2pm

Tickets: €13 – €45 / Conc. €13 – €30

Running Time: 2 hours 55 minutes including a 20 minute interval

Please Note: There is no late admission

Early Bird tickets available until 3 October.

To book for a group of 6+ call (01) 87 97 212

Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 22 November, 7:30pm

Touch Tour of Stage and Set: Saturday 24 November, 12:45pm

Audio-described and captioned performance: Saturday 24 November, 2:00pm

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.

Funded through an Arts Council Open Call Award.

Age Guidance: 16+


Returns Only 

Asking for It is 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, they will not be valid.

Download Study Pack 

2018 Asking for It, Study Pack

Out of the Abbey 

Schools Workshops 


  • 23 October – St Joseph’s Secondary School, Dublin
  • 24 October – St Louis, Mayo
  • 5 November – Colaiste Na Hinse, Meath
  • 6 November – St Mary’s,  Wicklow
  • 7 November – Larkin Community College, Dublin
  • 8 November – Marino Secondary, Dublin


  • 26 November – Colaiste Na Hinse, Meath
  • 27 November – Marino Secondary, Dublin
  • 28 November – St Mary’s,  Wicklow
  • 30 November – St Louis, Mayo
  • 4 December – St Joseph’s Secondary School, Dublin
  • 5 December – Larkin Community College, Dublin




'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





  • Conor: Frank Blake
  • Zoe: Venetia Bowe
  • Emma: Lauren Coe
  • Seán: Seán Doyle
  • Eli: Kwaku Fortune
  • Ali: Síle Maguire
  • Paul: Charlie Maher
  • Dad: Frank McCusker
  • Bryan: Paul Mescal
  • Maggie: Amy McElhatton
  • Dylan: Darragh Shannon
  • Mam: Ali White
  • Written by: Louise O'Neill
  • Adapted by: Meadhbh McHugh in collaboration with Annabelle Comyn
  • Directed by: Annabelle Comyn
  • Set Design: Paul O'Mahony
  • Costume Design: Niamh Lunny
  • Lighting Design: Sinéad McKenna
  • Music & Sound Design: Philip Stewart
  • Video Design: Jack Phelan
  • Movement Director: Sue Mythen
  • Production Manager: Eamonn Fox
  • Stage Manager: Clare Howe
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Emma Coen
  • Production Manager (Abbey Theatre): Andy Keogh
  • Stage Manager (Abbey Theatre): Leo McKenna
  • Stage Manager (Abbey Theatre): Anne Kyle

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Asking for It: Afterword

15 November 2018

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