ASKING FOR IT
Stage adaptation of Louise O'Neill's acclaimed novel
Following the phenomenal success of its world premiere in Cork, Landmark Productions and The Everyman, in association with the Abbey Theatre and Cork Midsummer Festival bring Asking for It by Louise O’Neill to The Everyman again on Thu 26 Sept to Sat 5 Oct.
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 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?
This unmissable production demonstrates the power of gathering together to bear witness to a story as compelling as this one. The Everyman is enormously proud to be part of the Asking for It story together with our co-producer Landmark Productions and our partners, the Abbey Theatre and Cork Midsummer Festival.
★★★★★ 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
With a script by Meadhbh McHugh that is sharp and also very funny, Asking for It not only stays faithful to the novel, it goes further, raising it up to heaven and down to hell, too. It is worth the hype – Irish Independent
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
“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
AGE RECOMMENDATION 16+
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Lauren Coe talks about playing Emma in Louise O’Neill’s Asking for It. Click HERE for more.
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 | COSTUME DESIGNER NIAMH LUNNY | LIGHTING DESIGNER SINEAD McKENNA | SOUND DESIGNER PHILIP STEWART | VIDEO DESIGNER JACK PHELAN | MOVEMENT DIRECTOR SUE MYTHEN
Funded through an Arts Council Open Call Award
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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.