Asking for It

Asking for It

Past Performances

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

29 January–15 February 2020

Gaiety Theatre

9–26 October 2019


26 September–5 October 2019

Abbey Theatre

9–24 November 2018

Cork Midsummer Festival

9–23 June 2018

Asking for It

by Louise O'Neill
adapted by Meadhbh McHugh in collaboration with Annabelle Comyn
Landmark Productions and the Everyman in association with the Abbey Theatre

A 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 County Cork, where everyone knows everyone, things spiral terrifyingly and violently out of control and a young woman’s life is changed forever. What will happen to Emma now? – her reputation in tatters, and her attackers believed.

Theatrically extraordinary and brought to life by a powerful ensemble, this stunning multimedia production vividly portrays what it’s like to be young in this hyper-sexualised, hyper-scrutinised age. It’s a heart-breaking and truthful examination of the consequences of rape and society’s penchant for victim blaming.

Asking for It is that rare thing – a necessary show about now and an unforgettable night at the theatre.

World Premiere.


Conor Frank BlakeZoe Venetia BoweEmma Lauren CoeSean Seán DoyleEli Kwaku FortuneAli Síle MaguirePaul Charlie MaherDad Frank McCuskerMaggie Amy McElhattonBryan Paul MescalDylan Darragh ShannonMam Ali White


Conor Tiernan Messitt-GreeneZoe Venetia BoweEmma Aisling KearnsSean Seán DoyleEli Kwaku FortuneAli Síle MaguirePaul Shane LennonDad Simon O’GormanMaggie Amy McElhattonBryan Liam HeslinDylan Darragh ShannonMam Dawn Bradfield


Based on the novel by Louise O’NeillAdapted by Meadhbh McHughin association with Annabelle ComynDirector Annabelle ComynSet Designer Paul O’MahonyCostume Designer Niamh LunnyLighting Designer Sinéad McKennaSound Designer Philip StewartVideo Designer Jack PhelanMovement Director Sue Mythen


'it is worth the hype'Irish Independent
★★★★★ 'powerful, provocative, hard-hitting … funny, infuriating and unbearably sad'Irish Examiner
★★★★ 'striking production ... unsettling and alarming'Irish Times
★★★★ 'audible gasps and stunned silences each night … this is raw, real and riveting drama' The Times
WINNER! Audience Choice AwardIrish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2018