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Rigging & Flying

Rigging & Flying

Rigging & 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

Distance in feet from
front of stage

1 0.5 Fire curtain
2   House curtain (green)
3   Front border
4   Number 1 lighting bar — 16 channels
5   Flying bar — usually not used (restricted access)
6 6.5 Flying bar
7   Top border (restricted depth)
8   Side masking legs (restricted depth)
9   Number 2 lighting bar — 16 channels
10 10 Flying bar
11 10.5 Flying bar
12 11 Side masking legs
13 12 Flying bar
14 13 Top border
15 14 Number 3 lighting bar — 16 channels
16 15 Flying bar
17 16 Flying bar
18 17 Side masking legs
19 18 Cyclorama lights bar
20 19 Flying bar
21 20 Flying bar
22 21 Flying bar

We have two curtain tracks that can be moved to any of the flying bars, as required