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 Matinee 2pm

Tickets: €13 – €45 / Conc. €13 – €30

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

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+


Out of the Abbey 


'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
  • Sound Design: Philip Stewart
  • Video Design: Jack Phelan
  • Movement Director: Sue Mythen
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