Commonly black maskings are used for most stage requirements. Maskings
include borders, leg curtains and intermediate and back tab curtains. Maskings
are used to hide the sides, rigging and back of stage and to enhance the
actors presentation to the audience. Black is commonly used as maskings to
promote the stage scenery and performance at hand. However coloured maskings can
be used to set a theme or to meet a venues requirements.
Generally the fabric selection for masking is heavy weight brushed black wool. All stage maskings are headed (pleated) to 50% fullness.
However occasionally 'flat' maskings (without fullness) are used where the
maskings are used in multiple positions; the maskings can then be closed up to
suit. Base hems
and attachment methods vary from item to item. Sizes of maskings and length
(drop) of individual items are worked out using the site lines as a reference.
Please refer to the stage
layout page for a sight line diagram.
borders - Generally headed (pleated) to 50% fullness and sewn on
to 50mm wide cotton webbing and allowing for eyelets and ties at 300mm
spacing along the heading of the curtain. Border are sewn with a
50mm base hem; un-weighted, as most borders are of short drops and do not require
additional weighting. Sizes of borders vary according to the sight lines
of the stage. It is common to have three different size borders on one stage to
adequately mask of all rigging and lighting from the audience view.
leg / wing curtains - Generally headed (pleated) to 50%
fullness and sewn on to a 50mm wide cotton webbing and allowing for eyelets and
ties at 150 - 300mm spacing along the heading of the curtain.
Base hems are 150mm deep and continuously weighted with fabric covered 4mm link
chain attached at the top of the hem. Ties
are added to the top of the curtain for attachment to either pipe leg battens or
tracks, dependent on stage requirements. The number and widths of legs
required is worked out using the sightlines and depth of stage.
intermediate and back curtains - The
intermediate or back curtain is made in two halves. Each half is sized allowing
for adequate centre overlap. Generally it is headed to 50%
fullness and sewn on to a 50mm wide cotton webbing allowing for eyelets and ties
at 300mm spacing along the heading of the curtain for attachment to runners. A
fabric covered 4 mm link chain
into the top of a 150mm base hem. Weighting and
spacing of eyelets and ties may vary according to the drop of the curtain and
tracking system being used. Heavy curtains - 300mm spacing with 4mm link
chain. Medium to small curtains 150mm spacing with 3mm chain or lighter weighting.