All of which prompts a necessary observation.
Firstly, reviewing a panto by applying the customary standards of theatre is unnecessarily cruel. Everyone knows that its cheesiness is its selling point, and the popularity of Sammy Sausages and co shows that the duo must be doing something right.
And if any proof of this were required, the news that their company posted profits of nearly €900,000 in 2011 shows that they know exactly who their audience is.
And that poncy theatre critics are not part of it.