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Applause in theatres

You have been through an hour-and-a-half of emotional manipulation. The playwright, the director and actors have come together to create a work that is of such searing intensity that tears are in your eyes. There is stunned silence as the lights fade to black. The audience is captured, moved and drained.

Bang. Up come the lights. The suicidal heroine is smiling at the applause. The magic is smashed and the illusion shattered.

Why do they still do this?

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