Theatre Curtains

AALT curtain and fabric supplier, TSA is skilled in the manufacturing techniques required to produce your on-stage theatre cloths and related products. With over 30 years of experience, TSA has the expertise to professionally produce any of the following products from our extensive range of quality fabrics. Our services include free on-site measure and quote, design, manufacture and installation.
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Understanding Theatre Curtains

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Front-of-House curtains are the visual and sound barrier between the audience and the stage. The most common type is a bi-parting curtain i.e. a pair of curtains that overlap and split at the centre of the stage, and open to the sides.

Valance is a horizontal masking curtain usually made from the same material as the front-of-house and is suspended on a batten in front of the main curtain.

Masking curtains are used to hide the off-stage areas, divide the stage, and provide access to the main stage area. Masking curtains include Borders, Tabs and Legs (side curtains).

Borders are curtains that conceal lights and other equipment above the stage. Their size is usually determined by sight lines.

Intermediate tabs are used to divide the stage into smaller sections. They can also be used to hide equipment and backdrops at the rear of the stage.

Legs (side curtains) are used to hide the side of the stage from the audience’s view. They also provide concealed wings for actors to enter and exit the stage.

Backdrops are usually manufactured from a seamless cotton fabric and they provide a scenic element to the stage. The seamless cotton is available in widths of up to 10 metres and is suitable for painting.

Floor cloths can be manufactured in seamless 6 oz canvas or a heavy-duty 12 oz canvas with seams.

Cycloramas are backdrops at the rear of the stage and are used primarily for lighting and projection purposes. They are generally manufactured from a white seamless cloth.

Gauzes are open weave fabrics that when lit from the front (and the stage behind the gauze is totally dark), the gauze appears opaque and renders the scene behind the gauze invisible. When the scene behind the gauze is illuminated and the front lights on the gauze are dimmed, the gauze becomes invisible, revealing the upstage scene.

 

Sound Control Curtains. When the Melbourne Museum installed curtains manufactured from our 520gsm wool, they independently tested all the wools available on the Australian market and found the TSA wool to have the best sound-controlling capabilities. Our wool curtains are also used for concerts at Telstra Dome because of their durability and sound controlling capabilities.

Projection screens are manufactured from a lightweight, fire-resistant vinyl fabric and can be made to your specific requirements.

Curtain Finish

Top Finish

The top of the curtain is reinforced with heavy duty webbing made from cotton herringbone, jute or polyester. It is standard to use eyelets and cotton cord ties (A) to hang the curtains. For heavy duty applications, cotton webbing can be used in conjunction with eyelets and metal snap hooks (B).

Side Finish

A 50mm double hem is standard for our curtains.

Leading Edge

The leading edge of a bi-parting curtain, particularly a main curtain, can have a portion of the face fabric turned back. This prevents the audience from seeing the rear of the curtain when in movement or during paging. Standard face back is 200mm for main curtains and 50-100 mm for tabs.

Bottom Finish

Chain Pocket

For curtains with fullness, it is standard to finish with a 100mm-150mm base chain pocket. This pocket is reinforced with canvas and has Velcro tabs to secure the chain.

Pipe Pocket

For curtains without fullness it is standard to finish with a 100mm base hem. The base hem remains open at the sides for easy insertion of a pipe.

Leading Edge

The leading edge of a bi-parting curtain, particularly a main curtain, can have a portion of the face fabric turned back. This prevents the audience from seeing the rear of the curtain when in movement or during paging. Standard face back is 200mm for main curtains and 50-100 mm for tabs.

Curtain Fullness

Fullness is additional fabric sewn into a curtain by means of pleats.

100% Fullness

100% fullness indicates the curtain has been manufactured with twice as much fabric as the finished width.

50% Fullness

50% fullness indicates the curtain has been manufactured from 1 1/2 times as much fabric as the finished width

0% Fullness

0% fullness indicates that the curtain is completely flat, i.e. no pleats.

Curtain Fabrics

Wool

The felted wool fabric is opaque, extremely durable, and very suitable for the manufacture of stage drapes, theatre drapes and sound control curtains.

  • 5 metres wide
  • Available in 540 gsm
  • Stock colours Black, Charcoal, Wine, Dark Blue & Royal Blue
  • Inherently Flame retardant to AS 1530 Parts 2 & 3 (IFR)
  • Available for purchase in cut lengths and rolls

Velvet

Velvet is a woven cotton fabric with a short dense pile, giving it a distinctive feel and look. Velvet is mainly used for the Front of House Curtain and creates a rich luxurious appearance.

  • 40 metres wide
  • 480 GSM
  • Colours available: Black, Dark Blue, Royal Blue, Red and Wine available
  • Flame retardant to AS 1530 Parts 2 & 3 (NDFR*)
  • Suitable for stage curtains or feature curtains

Velveteen-IFR

The Inherently Flame Retardant (IFR) Velveteen is a woven polyester fabric that is manufactured to imitate velvet. IFR Velveteen is commonly used for hire drapes, budget masking drapes, stage skirts and stage curtain linings. The IFR velveteen can also be used to manufacture stage costumes

  • 50 metres wide
  • 290 GSM
  • Inherently Flame retardant (IFR)
  • Stock colours: Ruby Red, Black & Winter White
  • Custom colours also available (MOQ 320 mts)
  • Crease resistant
  • Tear resistant

Molton (AKA Rokel or Duvetyne)

Molton (AKA Rokel or Duvetyne) is an opaque, crease resistant, brushed cotton fabric that is suitable for the manufacture of stage curtains, backdrops and many masking applications e.g. borders, legs, light reduction. The Molton is also popular for budget sound control drapes and hire drapes

  • 0 metres wide
  • 300-330 gsm
  • Flame retardant to AS 1530 Parts 2 & 3 (NDFR*)
  • Black Molton and white Molton are stock colours.
  • Molton is also available in chromakey green and blue

Sharkstooth Gauze

Sharkstooth gauzes (scrims) are open weave cotton fabrics that when lit from the front (and the stage behind the gauze is totally dark), the gauze appears opaque and renders the scene behind the gauze invisible.

  • 100 GSM 8 point
  • Available in white and black 9.0 metres wide and 10.6 metres wide
  • Flame retardant to AS1530 parts 2 & 3 (NDFR*)

Filled Cloth

Filled cloth is a soft, crease resistant cotton fabric mainly used for cycloramas. Filled cloth is so called because it is literally gauze with the holes filled in.

Filled cloth is commonly used to manufacture cycloramas; however, it can also be used for front and rear projection screens

  • 10 point-white-available in 9.4 metres wide
  • 220 gsm
  • Flame retardant to AS1530 Parts 2 & 3 (NDFR*)

Natural Nessel Canvas

Natural Nessel canvas is a 100% cotton woven fabric with a flat surface suitable for painted backdrops. The Nessel is available in a variety of widths making it easy to create seamless backdrops.

  • Available in various widths 3.2, 4.2, 5.0, 6.0 and 10.0 metres wide
  • 200 gsm
  • Not flame retardant

White Nessel Canvas

The White Nessel canvas is bleached fire retardant canvas that suitable for manufacturing cycloramas and photographic backdrops.

  • Available in 4.2 and 6.0 metres wide
  • 220 gsm
  • Flame retardant to AS1530 Parts 2 & 3 (NDFR)

Black Nessel canvas is also available.

  • Available in 3.20m wide
  • 220 GSM
  • Flame Retardant to AS 1530 parts 2 & 3 (NDFR)

Floor Canvas

Heavy-weight canvas is a 100% cotton woven fabric suitable for painted floor cloths. The weight (340 gsm) of the canvas provides a durable surface for walking or dancing.

  • Available in 3.0 metre width
  • 340 GSM (12 oz)
  • Not flame retardant

Polyscreen Digital Green

Polyscreen Digital Green is a lightweight, crease resistant, lightly brushed polyester fabric that is suitable for manufacturing small to medium sized digital green screens. The 3.10 mt width also makes it ideal for amateur film makers.

  • 10 metres wide
  • 200 gsm
  • (IFR) Inherently flame retardant

Molton Chromakey

Chromakey Molton (AKA Rokel or Duvetyne) is an opaque, crease resistant, brushed cotton fabric that is suitable for manufacturing small to medium sized green/blue screens. The 3.0 mt width also makes it ideal for amateur film makers.

  • 0 metres wide
  • 300 gsm Available in chromakey green and chromakey blue
  • Flame retardant to AS 1530 Parts 2 & 3 (NDFR*)

Wool Chromakey

A 100% felted wool chroma key fabric that is opaque, extremely durable, and suitable for very large blue and green curtains.

  • 5 metres wide
  • 500 gsm Green and blue
  • Flame retardant to AS1530 Parts 2 & 3 (DFR+)

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