The annual production of the pantomime in Killorglin is a true community effort.

Declan Mangan is the driving force behind the Killorglin pantomime. The writer and director of this year’s show ‘The Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe’, he also plays The Dame. His primary aim it ensure that the cast are having a good time on stage.

If they’re enjoying themselves it will spill out into the audience.

Some of the cast have been involved in the panto since they were in primary school. There has always been a dedicated slot for the youngest performers in the community, 

You were the envy of all the class.

Local firm Klinge provides financial support, and in the last few years has also been constructing props and providing technical assistance to the pantomime committee. As the biggest employer in the Killorglin area, it is about giving something back, 

It’s a community effort.

A national school teacher Declan Mangan says pupils enjoy getting involved, and in his mind it all adds up to a more rounded education. 

It’s not just about teaching them A, B, C, D. I think you must you must teach them an attitude to life.

Anne Mangan, Declan’s wife is the head costume maker who with her helpers will turn out one hundred and sixty one costumes this season. Working round the clock for five weeks solid, panto season means 

Christmas is nil. Christmas day off, that’s all.

During a dress rehearsal the cast are put through their paces by musical director and local music teacher Kieran Griffin, 

The audience will be relaxed...we want to keep that atmosphere going.

This episode of ‘Access Community Television’ was broadcast on 31 January 1985. The presenter is Ciana Campbell.

'Access Community Television' began broadcasting on 24 November 1983. The content of each programme came from groups around the country who decided what topics would be covered. RTÉ provided the expertise and technical means to make each programme which were presented by Ciana Campbell. The producer was Michael Murphy.