There are many aspects of stage rigging that go into building and creating a show or performance. It’s much more than just a simple affair. There are several types of systems and pieces of equipment one needs to move forward in the process, and each is different. Learn about stage rigging and how wire rope is used in theatrical productions.
What Is Stage Rigging?
Some stage rigging systems are dependent on what kind of theatre you are performing in, but the majority of the components are the same for each system. Keeping the crew and actors safe is the most important part of the whole production so following all procedures is extremely important.
The basics of wire rope for theatrical productions
The main components of any stage rigging system include the battens, lines, line controlled systems, block types, and hoists and winches. These components are going to be the basis of any stage system you use. Understanding these components is vital when determining which system you will use for a certain show.
Battens are steel structure components that are linear. Curtains or lights are often attached to these structures, but there are several types of battens that are available.
Lines are used to refer to things like ropes or cables which are used to move large loads of things like curtains and battens. It’s because of these lines that fly systems are available for use. You will often find that for line system the method of controlling the system whether it is pulleys, knots, rope locks and more there are a variety of choices for someone to use.
Block types are essential when using a line rigging system.
Finally, hoists and winches serve the purpose of moving these lines. Drum hoists are most commonly used in rigging systems that are automated since there are so many moving parts and things going on at once.
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