Drapery Opening/Reveal Systems

Drapery Opening/Reveal Systems

Drapery Opening/Reveal Systems encompass methods for creating stunning visual effects and dramatic reveals on stage. These systems are designed to enhance performances and add theatrical flair to presentations. Some popular examples include:

Vertical Line Raise System: This system features vertical lifting to lift the drape from the base upwards, causing the drape to fold as it raises.  Depending on the style of curtain it will either fold in straight horizontal folds (Roman), in swagged panels with horizontal pleating (Austrian), or on vertically pleated drapes it will form swagged stacks between the lifting lines that can be raised together or if required on independent lifting devices (Contour curtains).

Tableau System: The Tableau or Butterfly Raise uses diagonal lifting lines to stylishly open the drape, from the base of the edges at the centre of stage to the upper outer edge of the curtains, leaving decorative swags to frame the resulting opening.

Kabuki System: The Kabuki Systems use a series of release mechanisms to instantly drop a drape and reveal an object/performer, adding an element of surprise and excitement to the performance.  Typically this is by means of a high speed drum winding the fabric

Drape Retraction Unit or Sniffer System: A mechanism to retract a drape into a hidden unit within the blink of an eye. These can be used dramatically to reveal anything from a clothing outfit to a new aeroplane.

Vertical Roller Raise System: A revolving top roller can wind the fabric up around the tube, this is limited by the width of the roller which can deflect over longer distances.  Base rollers or ‘tumblers’ are rotated by a system of cables or steel bands on the outer edges of the tube, which rolls up the fabric to store at the top of its travel.