magical sense of youthful exuberance … recreating a party atmosphere on stage is tough but Comyn and her set designer Paul O’Mahony succeed spectacularly
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
striking production … excellent cast … fizzing with performed sexual confidence and aggression – an accomplished, poetic merging of technology and stagecraft
The Irish Times
FINAL DAYS! ENDS THIS SATURDAY.
Landmark Productions and The Everyman in association with the Abbey Theatre present
Asking for It
by Louise O’Neill
Adapted by Meadhbh McHugh in collaboration with Annabelle Comyn
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 a necessary show about now and an unforgettable night at the theatre. It was the landslide winner of the Audience Choice Award at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards.
Louise O’Neill, who wrote the best-selling novel on which the play is based, was stunned by the production: ‘nothing could have prepared me for what I saw on that stage. The first act was a whirl of youthful energy and raw sexuality, cut through with an undercurrent of crackling tension. During the party scene, the music felt as if it was pulsating in my veins, my heart racing, and my throat closing up with dread. As the huge screen splintered into broken images, with Emma’s voice narrating the scene, I desperately wished for a way to save her from her inevitable fate. I could hear someone quietly sobbing, and jolted when I realised it was me.’ (Irish Examiner)
A co-production with Landmark Productions and The Everyman in Cork in association with the Abbey Theatre.
Age guidance: 16+
Act 1: 1hr 15mins
Act 2: 1hr 30mins
Please note no latecomers will be permitted until the interval.
Performance times: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Matinees: Saturdays 12th, 19th, 26th & Wednesdays 16th, 23rd at 2.30pm
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