An Introduction to Stage Curtains & Drapes
What do I need?
Theatrical curtains, drapes and accessories come in a variety of types, sizes and colours, generally made to order.
Different names mean different things to different people, so here, for the purposes of clarification is a general (although not exhaustive) list of the main types we supply and install on a regular basis.
A word about curtain tracks…
Stage curtains and drapes weigh considerably more than domestic curtains and so need a heavy-duty suspension system. Tracks come in a variety of shapes and sizes – straight sections, overlaps, curves and even crossovers.
Rear curtains are frequently specified with a hand-drawn (walkalong) track system, but most Front of House track systems are installed with either a manual or electric winch. Electric winches also have the benefit that they can be operated remotely, from a control booth for example.
It is generally possible to upgrade a hand-drawn system to a winched system, or a manually winched system to an electrically winched one. Most track mechanisms are modular in design, ie the additional components are simply added to the existing installation – there is generally no need to remove the existing track – please ask for details if this is of interest.