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Theatre: Asking For It at the Abbey Theatre (audio described, touch tour and captioned performance)

24 Nov 2018, 2:00 pm

Abbey Theatre

  • Audio Description
  • Open Captioning
  • Loop System

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 forever 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 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

A Landmark Productions and Everyman co-production, presented and co-commissioned by the Abbey Theatre, funded through an Arts Council Open Call Award.

Age Guidance: 16+

Booking Information 

Programme notes will be available on our website before the performance, please check back.

Irish Sign Language interpreted performance: Thursday, 22nd November, 7:30pm

Audio-described and captioned performance: Saturday, 24th November, 2:00pm
Touch Tour before the performance at 12.45pm

Touch Tour
Audiences are invited to attend a touch tour of the set, the stage, props and costumes so that audiences with visual impairments can experience and contextualise the stage. Patrons will explore the space, and may like to handle selected props, costumes, musical instruments and furniture.

Who can take a touch tour?
Touch tours are open to blind and visually impaired theatregoers attending the show plus their companions. Up to 10 people can take a tour.

How much does it costs?
It is free to customers who have purchased a ticket to for the performance.

How do I book?
Please contact Lisa Farrelly on 01 87 87 222, or email

Meet in the foyer of the Abbey Theatre to begin the tour at 12.45pm on the day of the described performance.

In order for the Abbey to give you advice on best seating for all accessible performances, please contact the Box Office on 01 87 87 222 , or email You can also contact Lisa by telephone on 01 887 2216

Categories: Audiences

Tags: Abbey Theatre, accessible performances, Asking For It, audio described performance, Audio Description, captioned, captioned performance, Captioning, captions, Louise O'Neill, Touch tour

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