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Glossary

Backdrop                 The setting or background for an event (conference, seminar, AGM, etc.) or a scene

Banjo Cloth              Textured synthetic blend fabric. Commonly used for trade show drapes.

Booth                         A small stall for the display and sale of goods

Calico                        A term applied to any plain cotton heavier than muslin. Also describes a distinctive print on cotton.

Canvas                     An extremely heavy-duty plain-woven fabric used for creating theatre scenes. Can be fire-proofed.

Duvetyne                  Sometimes called commando cloth, duvetyne is a light-weight, less expensive substitute for velour. Available with nap on
                                    both sides, called 'double-faced'

Exhibition Stand     A booth, stall, or counter for the display of goods or services. Usually at trade shows (trade only) or exhibitions (trade and
                                    public).

Flats
                         Flats, short for Scenery Flats, are flat pieces of theatrical scenery which are painted and positioned on stage so as to give the
                                   appearance of buildings or other background. Flats can be soft or hard covered.
 
Laconite                   A hardboard finished on one side with a paint finish, usually grey, cream or black.

Leno Filled Scrim
  Open weave fabric used as backdrops and translucent drops. Similar to Sharkstooth, but the weave is much closer, thereby
                                   making the fabric opaque.

Mansion House      The Round Room was built in 1821 for the much-anticipated visit of King George IV. On the 21st of January 1919, the First
                                   Dail

Modular                    Designed with standardized units or dimensions, as for easy assembly and repair or flexible arrangement and use: modular
                                   furniture; modular stand

Muslin                       A plain weave cotton fabric of varying fineness.  It is helpful in masking the background of theatre sets and helping to
                                   establish the mood or feel of different scenes. Can be purchased fire-proofed.

OB
                            Outside Broadcasting is the production of television or radio programmes (typically to cover news and sports events) from a
                                   mobile television studio. This mobile control room is known as an "Outside Broadcasting Van", "OB Van", "Scanner" (a BBC
                                   term), "mobile unit", "remote truck", "live truck", or "production truck". Signals from cameras and microphones come into the
                                   OB Van for processing and transmission. The term "OB" is almost unheard of in the United States

Point of Sale
           A point-of-sale display (POS) is a specialised form of sales promotion that is found near, on, or next to a checkout counter
                                   "point of sale"

Proscenium
            A Proscenium theatre is a theatre space whose primary feature is a large frame or arch (called the proscenium arch even
                                    though it is frequently not a rounded archway at all), which is located at or near the front of the stage.

Pull Up Banner
        A long strip of flexible material displaying a slogan, advertisement, etc.

RDS  
                           Royal Dublin Society - A venue in Dublin, used as a music, trade show / exhibition and conference venue.

Rosco
                        Rosco is a brand name. On our web site it refers to Rosco Screen, used for projection.

Rostrum
                    An elevated platform for public speaking

Scrim
                        Generic term for open weave fabrics used as backdrops and translucent drops. Types of scrim include sharkstooth, filled
                                     sharkstooth, bobbinette and gauze.

Serge
                         A twill-weave, smooth-surfaced fabric, made of a smooth, sturdy worsted yarn of wool, cotton, or fiber blend. Usually dark
                                     blue in colour.

Sharkstooth Scrim
  Open weave fabric used as backdrops and translucent drops.

Snap Frame
               Front loading 'snap open, snap shut' poster frame displaying an advertisement, logo, etc.

Stage
                          A raised and level floor or platform

Trade Show
              An event used to showcase goods or services which is only open to trade buyers.

Velour
                        Used commonly as a theatre scenic fabric, velour is a plush knitted fabric, which combines the stretchy properties of knits
                                     such as spandex with the rich appearance and feel of velvet.

Velvet
                        A closely-woven fabric with a short dense pile on the upper surface.

Voile
                          A semi-transparent fabric, much like heavy veiling.