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‘I’ve been doing the panto for 28 years and you never get too old for it’

Catherine Mahon Buckley, pantomime writer/ director/ producer, is currently in rehearsals for her 28th show at The Everyman, Cork. Here, she tells us how the scripts, the audience and the kids have changed over the years

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Catherine Mahon Buckley, pantomine director. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Catherine Mahon Buckley, pantomine director. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Catherine Mahon Buckley, pantomine director. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

‘Theatre and the arts was very much part and parcel of our lives growing up. I was lucky that my parents worked in the creative industries. My father was a bank manager and also a musician and my mum was a designer. Creativity was encouraged in our house and I was about four years of age when I saw my first panto.

Growing up, I had very definite ideas about the panto. I had a picture in my head of the Fairy Godmother, for example, and that’s why, even after writing and directing 28 pantos for The Everyman, I’m very strong about keeping what I call ‘the line of the story’ pure. I don’t want to disappoint any child because the child within me would be disappointed.


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