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Technical Design Solutions for Theatre by Don Harvey, Ben Sammler

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PVC Framing for Non-Weight-Bearing Scenery

Owen M. Collins

While polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe is commonly used in the “real world” for plumbing applications, its theatre applications have previously been limited to creating small diameter columns or other non-structural uses. Its modular nature and low cost make it ideal for scene shops that need inexpensive touring scenery — in our case frames for a scenic unit that can quickly be broken down for kansport by unskilled workers.

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FIGURE 1: PVC “BAMBOO” FRAMED SCENERY

The size of the PVC pipe chosen should be based on the needs of the scenic unit. For more rigidity use a larger diameter pipe; ...

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