Additional stage depth and masking of technical equipment is achieved by the placement of multiple sets of legs and a border. While they serve much the same purpose as a teaser and tormentors, they are usually of standard drapery construction and are used to reduce or reveal the full width of the proscenium arch as needed to fit each setting.  (A theatre’s proscenium is part of the architecture and therefore it has fixed proportions that cannot be changed. In many production scenarios, however, the scene calls for a reduction in the proscenium opening. For this purpose, the teaser and tormentors are placed directly upstage of the structural proscenium opening. Within certain limits the size of any proscenium arch can be altered by using a teaser and tormentors.)

While legs and borders can be manufactured without a lining, for maximum opacity and longevity of drapery it is recommended that they be lined. The lining will help to prevent any damage to the face fabric by set pieces that may come into contact with the back side of the drape. Additionally, a lining will slow the process of the fabric becoming brittle when exposed at close proximity to stage lights.

Typical Fabric Choices for legs and borders include Cotton Velour and Encore Velour. For an economy masking drape with reasonable opacity consider 16oz Commando Cloth.

Track Recommendations for this type of application include the Silent Steel 280 series and the Besteel 170 Series by ADC. Borders which are not intended to move may be rigged directly to a batten or pipe.

Construction Notes:

  • Narrow and short legs look best with 100% fullness. A small leg (say 12’h x 4’w) with only 50% fullness will hang very “limp” or “thin”. When possible we recommend up to a 100% fullness construction for narrow stage drapery legs. When we talk about fullness, it is usually the result of a sewn in box pleat.
  • A box pleat is a flat double pleat that is formed by evenly folding under the fabric on either side of the pleat. This forms a loop on the face of the fabric that is then flattened against the face of the fabric, making a “box” shape, and sewn into place. Box pleating is generally used with heavier napped fabrics, such as velour.
  • To make a box-pleated drape, the drape is first sewn flat, but at a specified percentage wider than the planned finished width of the pleated drape. The “extra” width is then utilized to form the pleats. The greater the fullness percentage, the larger and wider the pleats will be.

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