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What is Theatrical Rigging?

The magic of the theater is in large part due to an efficient rigging setup. The spellbinding lighting, the classic curtains, scene-setting backdrops, and spectacular stunts are Theatrical Rigging all made possible by the right structural system. A production’s effects are only as good as its rigging.

How Rigging Works

A theater’s rigging setup is generally called a fly system because it is used to make things “fly” through the air. This is accomplished by hauling up a long beam called a batten into the unseen loft above the stage and using it as a foundation for hanging other equipment like lights and backdrops. While this may seem simple, rigging requires the use of several key pieces of equipment. Among these are:

  • Ascenders/Descenders for rigging technicians
  • Pulleys for lifting equipment
  • Rigging Plates/Anchors for rope systems
  • Wire Rope and Safety Cables
  • Swivels
  • Hoists

No two situations are the same, so a theater’s rigging system will likely change from show to show. Because of this, they need a variety of equipment to fit every unique scenario.

Rigging is hard work. It requires hoisting heavy things like stage lights up into the air and securing them. It can be a dangerous task if the proper precaution and equipment are not used at all times. There are strict regulations on how much rigging a theater can use and what type, based on factors like stage size and organization.

Florida Wire Rigging Specialists

Here at Florida Wire, we have a full range of theatrical rigging products to suit all your needs. To ensure safety, we also offer on-site product training so that you know how to use everything properly. We can also inspect and test any rigging you currently have installed to make sure it works exactly how it should. If you need anything rush ordered the same day, our professional drivers can most likely get it to you. Just call 800-432-2269 for any questions you have, or 407-383-1955 for any emergencies.