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By Emma O’Grady

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: absurdist political satire; musings on life, love and death; stories, ballads and poetry; and memories of life as a civil servant.

“…a striking piece of theatrical work…This is a playwright to watch.” – Reviews Hub

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. What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside? is a piece about emotional inheritance and grief for wasted creativity that serves as both a tribute and a warning.

“A charming meditation on inheritance” – Irish Times

“Leaves one feeling there is slightly more good in the world than beforehand.” – Reviews Hub

“…stellar performance…” –

Supported by the Arts Council, Galway City Council, Galway Theatre Festival, Mermaid Arts Centre, Áras Éanna (Inis Oírr) and Laois County Council