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My first recollection of big, brash pantomime was Danny La Rue at the Palace, back in the Sixties when I was about nine and newly equipped with spectacles. I hated almost every moment mainly because I had left them at home and everything was out of focus. (Actually I wasn't all that keen on Danny either: the critic prepares...)

Since the late Seventies, when I became the Manchester theatre reviewer for the Oldham Evening Chronicle, I’ve seen perhaps 1,600-2,000 shows, operas and ballets, reviewed most of them, been knocked out by the young talent that has come out of the Oldham area and spoken to the great and the good and the kidding themselves of the theatre world. And after all that I mostly still love theatre. Mostly.

Paul Genty

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