What Good is Looking Good When You're Rotten on the Inside - In Development

Emma O'Grady

Emma O’Grady is a theatre maker from Galway. She has worked for the past four years on making a piece about her Grandfather, Paddy O’Grady who lived in Bray. The performance features tapes Paddy recorded before he died and plays, short stories and poems he wrote in the ‘50s when he worked as a civil servant. In this piece, Emma questions whether unrealised creative potential was behind his distemper post-retirement. This work is a tribute and a warning. By sharing his story and giving him an audience Emma will try to neutralise his ‘failure’ as an artist. He was born in 1917: this 2017 performance marked his centenary. Emma developed the show by working solo and experimenting with other artists. They are; Rob Moloney, Jonathan Gunning, Catherine Ireton, Caroline Lynch, Andy Smith, Grace Dyas & Donna Rutherford and Mermaid supported her in getting funding for the production along with important partners The Arts Council, Galway City Council, Galway Theatre Festival and Áras Éanna.

Artists: Emma O’Grady

Creatives: Caroline Lynch, Grace Dyas and Rob Moloney