drama + theatre glossary: set design

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butterfly tabstabs fixed at top and drawn in from sidescarpenter(Scenic, Deputy, Master): maker of scenerycentre lineimaginary line shown on ground-plancleatmetal device used for tying sash linesclotha piece of scenic canvas, painted or plain, which is flown or fixed to hang in a vertical position. A Backcloth (or Backdrop) hangs at the rear of a scene. A Floorcloth is a painted canvas sheet placed on the stage floor to mark out the acting area, or to achieve a particular effect. A Frontcloth hangs well downstage, often to hide a scene change taking place behind.come downwhen the curtains come downcounterweightssystem used for lowering and raising scenerycurtainsat front of stage - called Tabscurtain up/down beginningbeginning and end of performancecut clothscenic piece with no centrecycloramaa fabric drop hung from a curved or segmented batten, or a curved wall at the back of the stage, upon which light can be cast to create effects (cyc for short).deadmarked position of scenery or equipmentdockarea at side/rear .... of stage for storing scenerydress rehearsaldress full costume/lighting/effects/sound/ action rehearsaleffectscenicelevationtechnical drawing showing side viewEMUelectrical Multiple Unit, used to describe stage machinery composed from multiple moving partsfalse pros'decorative proscenium archfit upinstallation of equipment and sceneryflata wooden frame, usually covered with painted cloth, used to create walls or separations on stage.fliesarea above stage where flown scenery is keptfloor-clothpainted canvas flooringfootingto steady a ladder/flat with your footflownscenery or equipment which has been "flown" into the fliesflyraising scenery above audience sight levelflymancrew member operating flying equipmentfly towerstructure above stage containing flying equipmentfrench flatsolid flatfrench bracecollapsible brace fixed to flatgaffer tapesticky back fabric tapegauzesee 'Scrim'genie trapa mechanised trap where actor shoots through stage floorget inwhen a touring company installs a showget outwhen touring company uninstalls showgrave trapbody length trapdoor in stagegridmetal frames in flying tower from which flying equipment is held (wooden in very old theatres)ground-plantechnical drawing of stagehand propsproperties such as tools, weapons, or luggage that are carried on stage by an individual actor.headerhorizontal flying piece horizontal flying pieceheads belowwarning shouted if anything is dropped from abovehemptype of abrasive rope originally used in theatre for flyinghemp flyingtraditional method of flying using 3 or 5 hemp ropes and no counter- weightsironfireproof metal curtainironfireproof metal curtainladderframework in shape of ladderlegflown cloth or flat masking side of stagelight setA term used to describe a situation where no physical set is used on stage. The 'set' is created entirely by means of lighting.loseentirely to remove from setmaquettea model of the set intended for use by the builder as a guide to construction.mark itinstruction to record position of performer/object on stagemark outtemporary objects/lines on rehearsal floor used to describe set/stagemaskto hide from audience's sightmaskingflats/cloths used to Maskmodelmodel of stage designmodel boxmodel of theatre in which stage design model is housedmilliputtype of modelling plastic used to create model figures and model sceneryoutpiece of scenery that has been flown "Out"platformalso referred to as a riser or rostrum it is a stationary, standard flat walking surface for actors to perform on. Typically, they are built to be assembled modularly. They are often used to provide varying levels, to make a show more visually interesting. They are also used to separate areas on stage, and as seatingpin hingehinge jointed by removable pinpracticala working object onstage, such as a door or windowpresetposition of scenery and effects at start of performance and scenepropsabb. for Properties. Any items used onstage which are not costume or scenery; any moveable object that appears on stage during a performance.prop box/skipplace to store propsprop tabletable situated in wings on which props are placedprops roomroom for construction of propspyrotechnicsbombs, bangs, flashes etc.riggingfixing lighting, sound and scenic devices to the theatre structurerunnerused to hold down carpet edgesscenerythe theatrical equipment, such as curtains, flats, backdrops, or platforms, used in a dramatic production to communicate environment.scenic artistspeople who paint sceneryscrim (or gauze)A drop made of fabric that seems almost opaque when lit from the front but semi-transparent when lit from behind.setthe physical surroundings, visible to the audience, in which the action of the play takes place.set designerthe person who designs the physical surroundings in which the action of the play takes place.setting lineline past which no scenery, props or furniture may be setsizeglue like preparation made from animal bones, used to harden and preserve canvas on flatsspikenail something to floorstage braceextending support for scenerystage crewemployed to move/operate scenerystar trapa mechanised trap where actor shoots through stage floorstriketo remove object or scenery from stageswagcurtains fashioned so they do not hang straighttabscurtainsteasershort flown bordertechtechnical rehearsaltreadssteps or stairstri-litelighting/scenic metal section made from three lengths of lightweight alloy (triangular constructiontruckplatform with wheelsworking drawingsdrawings made in addition to designers