Convert Act Curtain to Tableau

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  1. Silent Gordon

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    Hi guys, I'm designing for an upcoming farce at my local theatre and I had the idea that a tableau curtain would really fit the feeling of the show. Our space has a common traveller type main drape that's a rich red, proscenium opening of 16'x32'.
    Does anyone have an experience with rigging an act curtain to act as if it's a tableau? It's ok to let me know that I'm just dreaming haha. I'm pretty certain we have enough wing and fly space, but I don't want to cause irreparable damage to the curtain itself.
     
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    I think it will depend on the weight of your curtain fabric. A lot of main curtains are 22-25 oz. cotton velour and so will be quite heavy.
    If your curtain has been around for quite a few years, you will probably rip it without much difficulty. It will also take a fair amount of force to pull the trip lines to get the curtain to swag high enough to be useful.
     
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    I suggest you look into @Van 's job and company, then reread his comments.
     
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    Agree with the above comments. The idea of sewing the ring to the seam is a good one, not only to hide the stitch but because you've got at least two layers of fabric to work with.
     
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