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back-cloth star

An actor or performer who takes the focus of the audience away from the other actors on stage by positioning him- or herself in such a way that the other actors' backs are to the audience. Everyone said after the show that his performance was riveting, but to be honest, I think he's just a back-cloth star. He made it so he was the only one we could ever see!
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She said that would not be "a dilution or lowering of the burden of proof" but would act as "a backcloth to another offence to say to the court that there is a background of trafficking".
"As he shuffled through from the window space, like a actor coming on stage, with the backcloth of his entire life behind him, I did not realise then that what I was witnessing was the final curtain call for an age that had run out of space." DEREK TOWARD, Ponteland, Northumberland
The name Kilbourn was the signature on a street scene backcloth.
The stage lights came down as the refrain began; and then, as the monastery bell tolled, through a gauze backcloth, were seen a group of monks at prayer.
By doing so they will provide the backcloth to progressive policies which offer opportunity and fulfilment."
It might be that if you stand in the right place you can watch the horses gallop past you to a backcloth of verdant hills, with willow trees and deer and stuff.
When viewed from afar, the peaceful green backcloth of the forest belies the exhilarating exploits of mountain-bikers bombing around here.
And they were provided by members of the Irish army, going through the motions - for payment on top of their service wages - against the backcloth of an Irish landscape.
The suspension takes effect on May 3 to 6 inclusive Paul Doe was banned for two days (May 3 and 4) for careless riding on Turtle Valley, runner-up to Backcloth in the second race.
A meal under the mulberry trees and bougainvillea at the friendly Hotel Provencal offers one of the great sea views of this fabulous coast with its dramatic backcloth of pine clad hills and mountains.
In one of the earlier essays, Jennifer Britnell also provides an account of the prophetic new worlds that served as eschatological backcloth to Columbus's 'discovery'.
Some plants demand isolation, needing only a clear blue sky or white washed wall as a backcloth, or an arch to frame their beauty, such as corkscrew hazels, Japanese maples, magnolias, some dogwoods and embothriums.
Stars twinkle, rivers flow and chimneys smoke in the constantly changed backcloth, which cleverly comes into its own during the sewer scenes.
And that progress is against the backcloth of very difficult markets and economic conditions."