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Two boards and a passion are, proverbially, the essentials of theatre, but a practising dramatist knows that this is not true. The vital element of an audience has been omitted. In fact, the boards of a platform or stage are not an absolute requirement. Theatre can happen anywhere so long as persons acting in a play are watched by other persons. The two necessary ingredients are actors and audience: no performance is complete without spectators because their presence clearly separates a play world from the real world, and because their response influences all that is said and done in the play.
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