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

Theatre: What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside? (Captioned Performance and Touch Tour)

21 May 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Past)

Dunamaise Arts Centre, Church Street, Portlaoise, Co. Laois


  • Audio Description
  • Open Captioning

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 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; and memories of life as a civil servant.

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 critically-acclaimed show for all ages is an attempt by someone from one generation to understand the previous one and it is especially for anyone who has held themselves back and not allowed their voice to be heard. It examines the fragile personas we present to the world, who we might be behind them and what we could be instead.

Please note that the performance in Dunamaise Arts Centre will be a captioned performance, please let box office know if you require a seat suitable for captioning by telephoning 057 866 3355 or emailing info@dunamaise.ie
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A pre-show Touch Tour and Introductory Programme Notes (large print and audio) will be available for all performances of this tour.

To request programme notes or book a place on touch tours, contact the venue box office.

Thursday 16th May, 8pm – Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny
Saturday 18th May, 8pm –  Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet
Tuesday 21st May, 12pm and 8pm – Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise
Wednesday 22nd May, 8pm – Roscommon Arts Centre

Accessible performances are provided in partnership with Arts & Disability Ireland.

The show premiered at Galway Theatre Festival in 2017 and was developed through support from The Arts Council, Galway City Council, Galway Theatre Festival, Laois County Council, Mermaid Arts Centre and Áras Éanna. This tour is co-produced by Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival. The Bealtaine Festival is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and the Health Service Executive.

Bealtaine Festival 2019 presents What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside?

A young woman with short slicked back, red hair stands stands facing the camera. She is dressed in a white shirt, paisley patterned brown and orange tie and brown suspenders. She has a serious expression on her face and is standing confidently.

A charming meditation on inheritance

The Irish Times

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


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