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

Early Bird tickets available until 3 October.

To book for a group of 6+ call (01) 87 97 226

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

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 a collaboration with 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

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+



  • Written by: Louise O'Neill
  • Adapted by: Meadhbh McHugh, in a collaboration with Annabelle Comyn
  • Directed by: Annabelle Comyn
  • Set design: Paul O'Mahony
  • Lighting design: Sinead McKenna
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