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Asking For It’s UK Debut

January 29 2020 - February 15 2020

Asking For It
Photo: Jed Niezgoda

Louise O’Neill’s unsettling yet powerful Irish novel caused a stir when published in 2015, winning Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards and spending 52 weeks as a top 10 bestseller. Exploring the concept of sexual consent, Asking For It spoke to an audience that, as O’Neill says, were ready to have ‘this conversation; to talk about sexual violence and a culture in which that violence is often normalised or trivialised’. Beautifully written from the perspective of the protagonist and victim, Emma, the novel is an indispensable read, shining a light on the complexities and life-changing after-effects of these shattering acts of violence…

Read our Full Interview with Louise O’Neill Here


Following a box-office record breaking run at the Gaiety Theatre and Abbey Theatre in Ireland, Asking For It, the theatre adaptation of Louise O’Neill’s bestselling novel Asking For It is making its UK debut at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre this January.

The hard-hitting production – which won the Audience Choice Award at The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2018 – follows the crushing story of protagonist and victim, Emma, whose life is devastatingly altered when she is sexually assaulted. Images of the attack are surfaced, her attackers are sympathised with, and Emma tragically loses the support of her parents.

A universal story which exposes the after-effects of sexual assault and the complexities of rape culture, Asking For It, the stage adaptation, is a powerful and contemporary multimedia production adapted, produced and directed by an all-female ensemble.

The theatre will also be hosting an exclusive Post Show Discussion on 12th February, where Louise O’Neill will discuss her writing career and experience of producing Asking For It. The novel, published in 2015, was voted Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards in the same year, spending 52 weeks in the Irish top 10 bestseller list.


29 Jan 2020 – 15 Feb 2020


Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EP




January 29 2020
February 15 2020
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Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Broad St
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