flies

Definition

Theater

  • The space above the stage where scenery, lighting, and otherequipment can be suspended by ropes, out of sight from the audience.Scenery hung in this manner was called flown scenery. Inthe former hand-worked house, a stagehand known as a flymanstood in the flies on a high fly floor or fly galleryalong each side of the stage. He moved between the fly floors by meansof a catwalk (see bridge); the flying lines,or ropes, were usually tied on a rail on the prompt side.British theaters normally had only a pair of fly floors, but the largerEuropean ones had up to three pairs. Large theaters often had a higherfly tower to contain the flies.
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