There’s a beautiful night of theatre on the cards when Emma O’Grady weaves a brilliantly engaging memoir of her grandfather, and poses the question What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside? at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Wednesday September 19 at 8pm.
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 stories about leprechauns, aliens and lonely pharmacists; absurdist political satire and musings on life, love and death.
In a compelling solo performance, Paddy’s granddaughter, Emma O’Grady, examines the fractured and fragile personae we present to the world, who we might be behind them, and who we could be instead.
This production provides the audience with a feast of nostalgia, sentimentality, and a picture of relationships past and present. This is a play about family, but also about individuality. It makes for a great story. Paddy’s tapes are the focus of this piece, but it is Emma O’Grady’s skill as a performer that gives them new life.
Emma O’Grady performs What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside? at the Linenhall Arts Centre on Wednesday September 19 at 8pm. Booking is advised by calling (094 ) 9023733 or online at www.thelinenhall.com