A glossary of Stage Terms for students exploring design for Stage and Screen

Lamps: Strand 5kw Tungsten Fresnel

Strand 5kw Tungsten Fresnel fixture, 16amp CEE form plug, manual rigging controls, fitted with 15″Rinbow Pro Colour changer and barn-doors

Lamps: Source Four Zoom Profiles

ECT Source Four Zoom Profiles 750w Tungsten bulb, including “C” clamp and 15amp plug, shaping doors and gel frame. The group of 6 have safety chains fitted  

Black Leg

Black Leg. A vertical hanging fire retardant or fireproof black drape used for masking off stage areas such as the wings.

Box Truss

Box Truss, is a system of lengths of hollow aluminum tubes wielded together by short lengths aluminium bars. The truss is manufactured in straight or curved sections which can be joinedtogether at right angles or in curved units. It is used mostly to provide tempory grids for stages and for lighting.


The Parterre is that part of the Auditorum which is at ground level.

Smoke Machine

A Smoke Machine or Fog Machine is a machine that heats up an oil which turns into a vapour which in turn can be expelled onto the stage and appears as fog or smoke’ They are used extensivly at concerts where they catch the lighting effects.  

Fog Machine

A Fog Machine can come as a “Dry Ice” machine, whereby the dry ice is heated thus producing a white vapour. The Smoke Machine is a machine that heats up a special fluid which turns into a similar vapor. Both machines can in turn expell onto the stage, what appears to be a white fog […]