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Luminaire Stencils  (1963 - )

From The Strandbook, 1990

Stage and Studio Stencils
The stencils below were produced to make the drawing of lighting plans easier for designers. They also attempted to use standard shapes for the different models of lanterns from different designers.
Of course, each lighting plan would use a variety of different lanterns.
For a touring show, a generic symbol (for, e.g. 1kW Fresnel) was used. Whereas for a show made for a specific venue (with a known equipment list), the symbols could be more specific (e.g. Harmony Fresnel, Patt. 743 and CCT Starlette Fresnel could all have slightly different shapes).
The safest option is to use a key on each plan, showing clearly which symbol refers to which model of lantern, as different stencil manufacturers use different variations of symbols to refer to the same equipment. 
Patt.223 stencil images
Photo: Strand Patt.223 (1kW Fresnel) as depicted on Theatre Projects (left) and Strand (right) stencils
See the Theatre Projects stencil exhibit at the bottom of this page to find out about the history of the stencils used in the UK. 

See also:


The Strandbook - page 35 (1990)
Strand Theatre Lighting
From Jim Laws Collection

Classic Gear - Theatre Projects Stencils (May 2007)
[3.45Mb PDF]
From Lighting & Sound International

Exhibits in the Backstage Heritage Collection

Lighting Stencil - Vari*Lite Stencil  

Lighting Stencil: RB Lighting  (1989)
From Strand Archive

Lighting Stencil: Selecon  
From Backstage Heritage Collection

Lighting Stencil: Strand  
From Strand Archive

Lighting Stencil: Theatre Projects  (1963)
From Strand Archive

Lighting Stencil: Vari*Lite  
From Strand Archive

Lighting Stencil: White Light  
From Strand Archive

Catalogue & Journal Entries for Luminaire Stencils in the Backstage Heritage Collection

International Agreement in Prague (1965)

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