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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".
Mr Cameron is encouraging "Holby City women" to vote Conservative, and has used everyone from Radiohead to reggae legend Jimmy Cliff as the musical backcloth to his campaigns.
The disturbing escapades of Trauma Inpatients are set against that flaming backcloth of Blazenby.
So the war in Afghanistan, when seen against a backcloth of international terrorist networks using the internet, is first and foremost a hugely disproportionate use of/waste of resources, attempting a task, a war of ideas, using methods which can easily be avoided by an enemy and thus are inappropriate and likely to fail.
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.
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.
The backcloth of this procedure are the deaths of, in Britain alone, 500 unborn babies each day, six million since April 1968 under our Abortion Law, while non-destructive fertility procedures are largely ignored.
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.
Set against the spectacular backcloth of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, there's more than enough to keep the whole family happy.
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.
For instance, there is no visible PA system as it is hidden behind the backcloth thereby giving everyone in the arena the full sound quality and a good view.
Stars twinkle, rivers flow and chimneys smoke in the constantly changed backcloth, which cleverly comes into its own during the sewer scenes.