Professional theatre staging requirements

Black Drapes Surround

The theatre requires to supply, if possible, a setting of black drapes as we need a black surround for our shows masked into 33 feet (10 metres) wide by 14 feet (4 metres) deep working area.

Stage and lighting plot

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Fly Lines

Fly lines are preferable to fly our coloured cloths during the show. (We can work without if needed).

Stage Crew

One man to fly our cloths in and out during the performance (if theatre has fly lines)

One man to operate the front tabs throughout scene changes.

If extra stage crew are available, we require one man at each side to collect scenery in the wings during scene changes


One man to work sound system and lighting

Minidisk or CD sound system


6 UV tubes four placed along the front of the stage and 2 placed upright left and right of stage area

A small spot at each side of the stage with a blue gel used as working lights

One blue gel behind black setting of drapes for puppeteers crossing stage in the dark

A front of house spot (to light the puppeteer for the intro before we go into ultra-violet)

During act all ultra violet

Curtain call with stage lights for the end of the performance

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