by Louise O'Neill
adapted by Meadhbh McHugh in collaboration with Annabelle ComynLandmark 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. It had its world premiere as part of Cork Midsummer Festival in June 2018.