The secrets of a successful production:

The actors have ownership of the show. They hijack it. It should never look as though they are doing something because the director told them to do it that way.

The actors have a shared supertext. They are on the stage for much the same reason. This enables complicity between the actors.

The audience shares in forming the illusion. Suspension of disbelief is on their terms. The audience knows that we like that they know that it is only an illusion. We don't insult their intelligence. As Peter Brook said: “Of course it is not real!” This promotes complicity between the actors and the audience.

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