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


  • Playwright

    Emma O'Grady  Paddy O'Grady 

  • Synopsis

    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. 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.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    19 April 2017

  • Production Notes

    Presented as part of Galway Theatre Festival. 

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

    An Taibhdhearc

Original Cast  
Performer Emma O'Grady
Voice on Tape Paddy O'Grady
Production Team  
Director Jonathan Gunning
Producer Aoife Qualter
Production Manager Mike O'Halloran
Set Construction Gavin Morgan
Costume Construction illaria Pelizzaro
Poster & Photography Martin Maguire (3)
Graphic Design Patrick Cusack (1)
Publicist Tracey Ferguson
Videographer Moose
Stage Manager Sadhbh Barrett Coakley
Set Designer Rob Moloney
Director Catherine Ireton
Director Caroline Lynch
Director Andy Smith (2)
Music by Rob Moloney
Sound Designer Rob Moloney
Costume Designer Triona Lillis
Lighting Designer Eoin Winning
Set Designer Emma O'Grady
Digitising of Tapes Marion McEvoy

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Up Up Up

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

  • Email


Source Of Information

The information for this listing was taken from the play's original production programme and a flyer for the production.