What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside?
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What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside?

Written and performed by Emma O'Grady

Thu 6 Dec 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €16 / €14 conc

One month before his death, retired civil servant and man of few words Paddy O’Grady had a sudden urge to talk. Using a portable cassette tape recorder, he recorded 15 hours of material: stories about leprechauns, aliens and lonely pharmacists; absurdist political satire; musings on life, love and death; radio shows with advertisements for products that never existed; ballads and poetry and memories of life as a civil servant.

Paddy’s granddaughter, Emma O’Grady, later discovered he had written plays, poems and short stories in the 1950s and until now his work has been without an audience. This one-woman show examines the fractured and fragile personas we present to the world, who we might be behind them and what we could be instead. A piece about emotional inheritance and grief for wasted creativity that serves as both a tribute and a warning.

Supported by the Arts Council, Galway City Council, Galway Theatre Festival, Mermaid Arts Centre and Áras Éanna (Inis Oírr)
Directed by: Jonathan Gunning, Catherine Ireton, Caroline Lynch, Andy Smith.


"...a multi-layered theatrical mosaic ... [Emma] created a deep, warm, and rewarding conversation with this departed and fascinating man ... a compelling, bravura performance." Galway Advertiser

"... a striking piece of theatrical work, which will ensure O’Grady’s well-earned place in the Irish theatre canon. This is a playwright to watch." Reviews Hub