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Shouts from the audience

When you watch kabuki, you might be startled by shouts from the audience seats during the performance! Kabuki is a popular entertainment and the actors and audience become very close. To prove it, some audience members shout out during the plays or dances as applause and encouragement to the actors. This traditional practice, called kakegoe, adds a lot to the atmosphere. It stimulates both the actors and the rest of the spectators and can make for a thrilling experience! Since the place from which the audience calls out is on the third floor and is far away from the stage, the people who call out are called 'Ōmukō', in other words, 'Far away'!