Spike Tape? Here’s The Story

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People in theatre, video and film know that spike tape is a valuable tool for making sure that performers, props and set pieces end up where they belong.

Spike tape is simply gaffers tape cut to a narrow, half inch width. Since it is available in 20 colors, it can be used to mark locations for different actors (you stand on the red mark while she stands on the blue) as they move through a scene.

Those who study theatrical history know of the legend where spike tape got its name.

In the days of Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre, the actual floor of the stage was dirt. In order to lay out specific locations on that stage, the director would actually put spikes into the ground to show the actors where to stand.

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