Asking For It - Birmingham Rep
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As seen on WhatsOnStage's Top 50 Picks and BBC's Unmissable Theatre List for 2020

Landmark Productions and The Everyman's sensational adaptation of Louise O'Neill's devastating novel about sexual consent makes its UK première at The REP following huge acclaim, including a sold-out season at Ireland's National Theatre, The Abbey.

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, led by Lauren Coe as Emma, 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 that rare thing – a necessary show about now and an unforgettable night at the theatre.

Spotlight On Louise O'Neill 
To celebrate the UK première of Asking For It, The REP has invited Louise O'Neill to join us for her only UK appearance. Before the evening performance on 15 February, Louise will discuss her exciting career and how she came to write the acclaimed novel behind the Irish theatrical phenomenon. Click here to find out more.

Get Lippy
The most exciting and vocal local female artists will be repsonding to the themes of Asking For It in a free open mic event on 6 February. Click here for more information.

Please note: Asking For It is recommended for 14+. The show contains scenes of a sexual nature, strong language and violence. For more information visit


Director Annabelle Comyn
Set Designer  Paul O'Mahony
Costume Designer Niamh Lunny
Lighting Designer Sinéad McKenna
Music and Sound Designer Philip Stewart
Video Designer Jack Phelan
Movement Director Sue Mythen


Fearless theatre

What’s On Stage

This play is the most eye-opening theatrical experience I’ve had to date and it will haunt me for years to come

What's On

It is an important story, one that reinforces the importance of consent

The Reviews Hub

This will have audiences talking for a long time to come

Broadway World

Powerful, provocative, hard-hitting, shocking

The Irish Examiner

This is raw, real and riveting drama

The Times

Striking production

The Irish Times

Magical sense of youthful exuberance

The Sunday Times

It is worth the hype

The Irish Independent

Company & Creatives
Ticket Information

From £15
Previews (1 & 3 February) and matinees (8 & 13 February) from £10

Aged 16-30?
Enjoy £5 tickets to this production with our free Preview Club membership, available on the following performances: 1 & 3 February

Fees and Charges
Please note there is a transaction fee of £2.50 on all payment types. This covers administration costs and postage and enables us to provide a dedicated booking service. This charge does not apply to transactions under £10, group bookings over 50 and school group bookings. We also waive this charge if you are a REP Friend. Please talk to a member of our BOX office team if you require further information.

Further Information
Running Time 2 hours and 55 minutes including a 20 minute interval
Registered Office: Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP. Company No. 00295910
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