Arenas accommodate a large number of people, whether they’re there for a musical performance, theatre show or sporting event. Designed to be a fully immersive experience, audience members expect to be wowed by the set-up and curtains and drapes play a big part in that.
Just like in the theatre, stage drapes not only frame the performance area, but keep any wires or unused elements hidden, maintaining the focus on what’s happening in the show.
Borders and valance curtains have the job of shielding parts of the set that performers don’t want the audience to see. This not only includes rigging and lighting, but anything extra that is part of the show that would spoil the surprise. The valance curtain is hung in front of the border curtain, and both span the width of the stage horizontally.
Curtain Legs not only create stage depth, but props and show items can be hidden in the wings prior to being taken on and off stage. This not only keeps the crowds’ eyes on the stage, but means transitions between sets and scenes are as smooth as possible. They are usually manufactured from a heavy fabric, which means they can balance the acoustics in the venue, which is crucial in concerts and theatre performances.
Whilst stage drapes provide a frame for the performance area, set curtains are the element that really brings the stage alive. With the advancements in technology, the possibilities are almost endless as to the type of set that can be created through projection, sound and light, so spending time planning and sourcing the right fabric for this is crucial.
Scenic backdrops give you the freedom to get creative, adding your stamp to your performance. Hanging at the back of the stage, it can capture the audience’s imagination and propel those head first into the experience.
Star Cloths really make your stage shine. This black backdrop is filled with fibre optics or LED bulbs to create a twinkly effect behind your performers. They can be manufactured with either white or coloured bulbs, and connected to a control desk, meaning your set can have a stunning impact.
Stretching across the width of the stage, a cyclorama is seamless meaning you can project almost anything onto this. This means you’re not only cutting the costs of printing onto fabric, but gives you the opportunity to create different backdrops and sceneries to compliment or showcase particular elements in your performance.
Transform the stage with a gauze backdrop. This type allows you to control what the audience can see depending on how it’s lit. Shine a light from the front and the fabric is opaque, but light it up from the back and it becomes transparent- giving you the chance to tease the audience with guest artists or hidden features.
For more information on how Whaleys Stages can dress your arena, get in touch with one of our team members.