Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise - Saturday 18th August
What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside? - By Emma O’Grady
Actor Emma O’Grady from Mountrath, performs the first of her 15 venue Irish Tour 2018 of her one-woman show What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside? at the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise on Saturday 18th August 2018.
One month before his death, retired civil servant and man of few words Paddy O’Grady had a sudden urge to talk. 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. – created with multiple directors – 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.
The show premiered at Galway Theatre Festival to great reviews
“…compelling, bravura performance” Galway Advertiser
“… beautifully realised… ….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
“A charming meditation on inheritance” – Irish Times
“Leaves one feeling there is slightly more good in the world than beforehand.” – Reviews Hub
“…stellar performance…” – Meg.ie