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UK debut for play by Clonakilty author

October 2nd, 2019 1:02 PM

By Southern Star Team

Lauren Coe as Emma in 'Asking for it'

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THE play based on Clonakilty writer Louise O’Neill’s award-winning novel Asking for It, is heading for the UK.

A theatrically explosive and relevant piece of theatre, Asking for It, a Landmark Production and Everyman Cork production, in association with The Abbey, Dublin, broke box office records when it was premiered last year in Cork.

O’Neill’s story, which was adapted for the stage by Meadhbh McHugh, in collaboration with director Annabelle Comyn, takes a brave look at victim blaming and the concept of rape culture.

A revival of Asking for It opens in the Everyman theatre this week, before transferring to the Gaiety theatre in Dublin, from October 9th. It will be performed at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in February.

Author O’Neill said: ‘It has been such an honour to see my novel adapted for stage in such a spectacular fashion. Everyone involved in this production, from the cast to the crew, have worked so hard to create this extraordinary piece of theatre. It has started many vitally important conversations here in Ireland and I know it will do the same when it moves to Birmingham next year. I’m so excited for audiences in the UK to see Asking for It, and I hope they will find it as moving, powerful, and compelling as I have done.’

Birmingham Repertory Theatre is the longest established of Britain’s building-based theatre companies and one of its most consistently innovative.

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