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In a typical theatre production, set pieces, lighting equipment and sound reinforcement speakers are flown over the heads of both actors and audience. To safely rig and fly equipment and set pieces, a knowledge of both rigging hardware and methodology are necessary. If items are improperly rigged and flown, people can be killed!

The intent of this chapter is to present a general overview of rigging techniques for a wide variety of tasks. Reading this chapter does not, however, make one an expert in rigging. There are many books dedicated to the specific topics discussed only briefly in this chapter. There really is no substitute for being trained by a professional rigger. It's highly recommended that at least an introductory course in rigging be taken before any rigging task be undertaken.

Steve Richardson 2000-07-06

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