What Good Is Looking Well When You’re Rotten On The Inside

What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside?, writer and performer Emma O’ Grady announces herself and her creative team as a force of Irish theatre to be reckoned with.

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 hours of absurdist stories and musings on life.

What Good Is Looking Well When You're Rotten On The Inside

What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside?, writer and performer Emma O’ Grady announces herself and her creative team as a force of Irish theatre to be reckoned with.

Now, Paddy’s granddaughter examines the fragile personas we present to the world, who we might be behind them and who we could be instead in a show about emotional inheritance and grief for wasted creativity that serves as both a tribute and a warning.

The performance focuses on O’Grady’s paternal grandfather, Paddy O’Grady, and the tape recordings he made of himself sharing memories and telling stories a month before he died. Emma deftly handles the complexities of performing a life on stage, making you feel as if you know Paddy intimately while also keeping him at a distance, someone who is as much a symbol as he was a living man. This sense of knowing and not-knowing permeates the entire play. The show is a held breath, and a beautifully crafted one at that.

“A striking piece of theatrical work.” – Reviews Hub

“A charming meditation on inheritance” – Peter Crawley, Irish Times

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

The Source Arts Centre Thurles

Saturday 22 September @ 8pm

Tickets €16/14 conc.

Box Office 0504 90204

www.thesourceartscentre.ie

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