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The Many Uses of Scrim in Theatre Sets

uses of scrim in theatre sets
Photo credit: Church Productions

As in any type of art, theatre play has a lot of components that play a great role to its success. One primary component of a great play is its setting. For theatre sets, there are several variety of props that are commonly used, but one type of fabric holds a lot of purposes. Let’s take a look at the many uses of scrim in theatre sets.


What is a Scrim?uses of scrim in theatre sets


A scrim is a type of fabric that at first seems to be opaque but once proper lighting is applied, magic! When you look closely, a scrim looks like a gauze. It comes in different types too, some scrims has really tiny mesh and some have large ones. Some are seamed and some are seamless.


Uses of scrim in theatre sets 

  • Used for quick/ magic appearance effect (with 2 overlapping scrims)
  • Used for secret entrance
  • Used for shrinking and/ or enlarging optical illusion
  • Used for silhouette screens
  • Used for distance effect
  • Used as a frontal and/ or rear projection screen


If you need additional help on setting up scrim on your theatre set and/ or if you prefer professionals to do it for you, do not hesitate to contact Specialty Theatre. We’d be glad to provide assistance on all your theatre needs.

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