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Illustrated Theatre Production Guide by John Holloway

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CHAPTER 4

ROPES AND KNOT TYING

It is not surprising that the proper handling of ropes is very important in stagehand work, considering that sailors were the originators of our craft. Rope handling and the quick, accurate tying of knots are skills you should learn early on in your training. Poorly executed knots can lead to serious injury for anyone unfortunate enough to be underneath a falling piece of scenery or lighting equipment. Rope lines should be selected with an understanding of the capabilities of the line itself and the use to which it will be put. Knots should be tied with the same understanding. There are literally hundreds of different kinds of knots. It is best to begin with a few of the most common, so that they can be appropriately ...

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