chapter  4
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Applications

At their best, masks are about people, and their relationships with those around them. Whether working through a strong narrative, or through observation, they can produce powerfully emotive theatre that involves the audience uniquely in the process, allowing you to tackle difficult themes by focusing on what they mean to a handful of characters. You can present a situation as action, letting the audience provide the moral judgements, or raise the questions that are pertinent to them personally. It can seem that the audience is like a hidden spy camera, clandestinely watching an event unfold. There are no soliloquies, no theories propounded, no answers. There are just actions, reactions and emotions.