Andrew Mudd

Alternate Spike Marks


In performance spaces that seat the audience close to the stage, as with thrust or arena settings, spike marks of glow tape, colored plastic tape, or paint are distracting on a stage floor; and tape or paint marks virtually disappear under the low-light/no-light scene change conditions which are often used in such spaces.


One alternative to the usual spike marks is the use of LEDs set into the floor. (See the Technical Brief article, “Two Easy LED Circuits” by Tom Neville.) In a Yale Repertory Theatre production of Troilus and Cressida, narrow plywood bridges across a trap-room-deep moat connected the wings to the central acting area. Holes were drilled down the centerlines of the bridges, ...

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