Flying Information

There is a counter-weighted flying system for the raising and lowering of cloths, curtains and flat scenery. This may only be operated by trained theatre staff. Appropriate fixing hardware is available for mounting flats etc.

The maximum weight that can be accommodated on any bar is 88kg. Bars with curtain track on them already have some weight on them and so can only accommodate an additional 63kg.

Items for flying:-

  • must be constructed so as not to foul other bars, curtains or scenery
  • be sufficiently robust to withstand flying operations
  • have sufficient, robust flying points
  • be fire retardant

The theatre reserves the right to refuse to fly any items that the stage manager believes cannot be flown safely.

All items brought into the theatre and used as part of the set must be rendered fire retardant.

Flying Lines

The table details the location and normal use of each of the flying lines.

Table of Flying Lines
Line Distance
in feet from front of stage
1 0.5 Fire curtain
House curtain (green)
Front border
Number 1 lighting bar — 16 channels
Flying bar — usually not used (restricted access)
6 6.5 Flying bar — with curtain track
Top border (restricted depth)
Side masking legs (restricted depth)
Number 2 lighting bar — 16 channels
10 10 Flying bar
11 10.5 Flying bar
12 11 Side masking legs
13 12 Flying bar — with curtain track
14 13 Top border
15 14 Number 3 lighting bar — 16 channels
16 15 Flying bar — with curtain tracks
17 16 Flying bar
18 17 Side masking legs
19 18 Cyclorama lights bar
20 19 Flying bar
21 20 Flying bar — with curtain track
22 21 Flying bar