Curtains and Drapes for Schools, Colleges & Universities

At Whaleys, we have been providing schools and colleges with theatre drapes and curtains for over fifty years. From the very first measurements to the hanging of the curtains, we are well known in the textile industry for our high-quality creations & experts. Unless you’re replacing damaged or aged curtains, you may not know what type of drape you need or best suits your brief, so by working together, we can create a bespoke solution that caters to your space and budget requirements.

How we can help?

For primary and secondary schools that are looking for something to suit one-off pieces, we recommend our Stage Curtain service which includes backdrops and floor cloths. These are ideal for those whose staging is temporary in assembly halls or sports halls and don’t have huge spaces to work with. Our scenic backdrops are perfect for Christmas nativities or special assemblies, as the light-weight fabric allows you to paint your own scenery onto the fabric to bring the stage to life, especially when combined with a painted floor cloth. For dance shows or summer concerts, our star cloths add a touch of magic to the atmosphere of your evening.

For schools or colleges that have larger or fixed staging areas, we advise you to opt for our Theatre Drapes, which are synonymous with the theatrical experience. These create stunning openings to acts in shows, especially if you specialise in teaching creative arts at a high level. They’re also great at attracting external drama and performance groups that need a high-quality venue for their shows. The two types of Theatre Drapes that we know are best suited to the education sector are our Traveller and Fly Stage Curtains. The heaviness of the fabric masks sound and light, and keeps those waiting in the wings hidden from the crowd’s eyes. To achieve that dazzling theatre ambience, we also manufacture curtain legs, pelmets, borders and valance curtains to match your Theatre Drapes.




For the finishing touches, we also stock a range of accessories that may be a necessity or an added extra, depending on your type of solution. From storage bags to keep your drapes covered from wear and tear when they’re not in use, to cotton webbing to reinforce the top of your drapes. All of our fabrics conform to the Fabric Standards flammability requirements and come with instructions on how to ensure they’re kept flame retardant if the material gets wet.

To find out more information on how Whaleys can provide you with your staging solution then you can download our handy School Stage Set-Up Guide. Alternatively, you can get in touch with one of our experts who will be happy to answer any of your queries or questions.

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Take your stage design to the next level with the expertise of Whaleys Stages specialists, who can help you select, design, and manufacture the perfect stage curtains or drapes – contact us today to get started!

Stage Curtains and Backdrops

Curtains, stage backdrops, cycloramas, scenic backdrops, gauze, and star cloth can all play a significant role in enhancing school, university, or college productions. These staging elements can help create a captivating atmosphere that engages the audience and brings the performance to life.

Front-of-house curtains, pelmets, and curtain legs can be used to separate the stage from the audience, creating a dramatic reveal for the performers. Cycloramas can serve as an immersive background, transporting the audience to a different time and place, while scenic backdrops can set the scene and enhance the visual impact of the performance.

Gauze can be used to manipulate the lighting and create different visual effects, allowing the performers to take the audience on a journey through light and shadow. Meanwhile, star cloths are an excellent choice for productions that require a starry backdrop, such as plays, concerts, dances, and events.

Whether it’s for a school play or a university production, these stage elements can help elevate the performance and provide a memorable experience for both the audience and performers. With the right selection of fabrics and materials, you can create a unique and immersive theatrical experience that captures the imagination and leaves a lasting impression.

Venetian drapes, Austrian drapes, pelmets, curtain legs, front-of-house curtains, valance curtains, and borders are all essential elements in creating a captivating stage design for school productions and theatre performances. The versatility and elegance of these drapes and curtains allow for a wide range of creative options in setting the scene and establishing the right atmosphere for any performance.

Venetian drapes, with their horizontal slats, are perfect for controlling the amount of light that enters the stage, allowing for more precise lighting effects. Austrian drapes can offer a more dramatic effect with their draped fabric folds, making them ideal for grand stages and more formal productions.

Pelmets and curtain legs are used to conceal the rigging and lighting equipment and create a seamless transition between the stage and the curtains. Front-of-house curtains provide a grand entrance for performers and also serve as sound and light barriers, improving the overall acoustics of the space. Valance curtains are decorative and add depth to the overall design, while borders provide a clear separation between the stage and the audience.

At Whaleys Stages, we have over 50 years of experience providing schools and colleges with high-quality theatre drapes and curtains. From initial measurements to final installation, our experts work closely with clients to ensure a flawless finished product. Contact us today for more information about our range of backdrops, drapes and curtains for schools, universities or college productions or theatres.

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