ASKING FOR IT
Stage adaptation of Louise O'Neill's acclaimed novel | World premiere |
Landmark Productions and the Everyman, in association with the Abbey Theatre and Cork Midsummer Festival, are delighted to present the world premiere of Louise O’Neill’s acclaimed novel Asking for It.
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 for ever 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 at the Everyman 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
BY LOUISE O’NEILL
A STAGE ADAPTATION BY MEADHBH McHUGH, IN COLLABORATION WITH ANNABELLE COMYN
PRESENTED BY LANDMARK PRODUCTIONS AND THE EVERYMAN, IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE ABBEY THEATRE & CORK MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL
CO-COMMISSIONED BY THE ABBEY THEATRE
DIRECTOR ANNABELLE COMYN | SET DESIGNER PAUL O’MAHONY | LIGHTING DESIGNER SINEAD McKENNA | SOUND DESIGNER PHILIP STEWART
Funded through an Arts Council Open Call Award
Landmark Productions is one of Ireland’s leading theatre producers. Led by Anne Clarke, the company produces wide-ranging and ambitious work in Ireland and tours Irish work abroad. The company’s recent work includes several productions by Enda Walsh: The Walworth Farce, starring Brendan Gleeson, Brian Gleeson and Domhnall Gleeson; the world premiere of The Last Hotel, an opera by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh, in a co-production with Wide Open Opera; and the multi award-winning musical Once. Its award-winning co-productions with Galway International Arts Festival include the world premieres of Walsh’s Arlington, Ballyturk and Misterman.
Landmark’s work has toured to the Barbican and to the National Theatre in London, to the Edinburgh International Festival, and to St Ann’s Warehouse and to BAM in New York.
Recent work includes two world premieres at Galway International Arts Festival July 2017: Woyzeck in Winter, adapted and directed by Conall Morrison and starring Patrick O’Kane, Camille O’Sullivan and Rosaleen Linehan (a co-production with GIAF); and The Second Violinist, composed by Donnacha Dennehy and written and directed by Enda Walsh (co-produced with Wide Open Opera).
The company received the Judges’ Special Award in The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards for 2011, in recognition of its ‘sustained excellence in programming and for developing imaginative partnerships to bring quality theatre to the Irish and international stage’. Anne Clarke received the Special Tribute Award in 2015, in recognition of her work as a ‘producer of world-class theatre in the independent sector in Ireland’.
Future productions include the world premiere of The Approach, written and directed by Mark O’Rowe, starring Cathy Belton, Derbhle Crotty and Aisling O’Sullivan, which will play at Project Arts Centre in Dublin and at the Everyman in Cork early next year.