Teasers and Tormentors

Within certain limits, the size of any proscenium arch can be altered by using a Teaser and Tormentors. These two theatrical masking pieces work in conjunction to adjust the size of the opening to be revealed and are either located upstage of the structural proscenium opening or upstage (right behind) the Grand drape.
The teaser is a horizontal masking border attached to a pipe batten and rigged so that it can be raised or lowered as needed to adjust the stage height as required by the current scene.
At the same time, Tormentors act as vertical masking or “side masking” pieces that when combined with a Teaser, allow adjusting the height and width of the opening to fit the current scene.

Teasers and Tormentors

Typical and recommended fabric choices for a tormentor and teaser include flame retardant Black Cotton Velour FR, Black Inherently Fire Retardant Encore Velour, and Black Commando Cloth as a more economical choice.

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Occasionally, a tormentor may be made as a solid framed piece masked with a stretched piece of fabric, as an alternative to a standard flat curtain.
Typically, tormentors are tied-up to a pipe batten which travels on a BESTEEL® 170 Series curtain track or a SILENT STEEL® 280 Series curtain track, allowing the tormentors to be drawn on or off stage to adjust to the desired opening size for the current scene. The pipe batten can be also equipped with a swivel Rotodraper® pivot arm allowing the tormentors to rotate into an angle or even make a 180 degree turn to reveal an alternate fabric or finish. Both Teaser and Tormentors are typically manufactured out of the same fabric as the Grand drape and Valance. Please contact us if you need more information. We are here to assist you!

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