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What is kabuki theatre? How is this term used in politics?

Kabuki theatre is classical Japanese dance-drama, with very stylised action, masks and heavy make-up. It dates back to the early 17th century. As in the original Shakespeare productions, all the actors are men.

In politics, the term Kabuki theatre is used to describe theatrical behaviour designed to get media attention rather than concrete results. Many have described the recent US presidential election as exemplifying this, with the candidates exchanging dramatic accusations ('nasty woman', 'you'd be in jail', 'three in the morning tweet').

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  1. I love Kabuki Theater! It's artistic and elegant. I'm actually making it as an inspiration for a short film.

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