Presented by Bealtaine Festival (celebrating arts and creativity as we age)
One month before his death, retired civil servant and man of few words Paddy O’Grady had a sudden urge to talk. Using a 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; 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 critically-acclaimed show for all ages is an attempt by someone from one generation to understand the previous one and it is especially for anyone who has held themselves back and not allowed their voice to be heard. It examines the fragile personas we present to the world, who we might be behind them and what we could be instead.
What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside? is about emotional inheritance and grief for wasted creativity and serves as both a tribute and a warning.
It premiered at Galway Theatre Festival in 2017 and was developed through support from The Arts Council, Galway City Council, Galway Theatre Festival, Laois County Council, Mermaid Arts Centre and Áras Éanna. Written and performed by Emma O’Grady
WEDNESDAY 22nd MAY | 8pm