Grown from the vision of husband and wife team Alan and Chrissie Chesters, Hangman and Metalman have evolved to be the UK’s leading independent drapes and set companies.
Our drapes – ranging from simple printed to bespoke painted, appliqué, LED and reveal – tour the world each year with hundreds of prestige and emerging artists.
Our stage design and fabrication projects have earned us an international reputation for imagination, precision and build quality. Unlike other specialist staging or soft goods companies we can build all elements of your set in tandem so there will be no nasty surprises once the kit arrives on site.
Our client list includes many of the world’s most celebrated artists – from Mumford & Sons, Ellie Goulding and Coldplay to Iron Maiden, Cliff Richard and the Sex Pistols. We helped make Live Aid happen back in 1985 and have been at the centre of some of the most iconic moments in popular music history ever since.
Hangman was formed in the 80s and soon became the go-to company for the best hand-painted drapes in the UK. Before long we were building astonishing 3D scenic art, pushing the boundaries of what was possible for touring sets.
In 2003 Metalman was born, allowing us produce bespoke metalwork fabrication projects to complement our soft goods.
We are now at the forefront of drape manufacturing technology, bringing together the best of the traditional set building techniques with the latest innovations in printing, fabrics and LED technologies with our expertise in design, manufacture and scenic artistry.
If you need something custom designed or made for a production we are the only number you will ever need. Budget big or small - talk to us and if we can’t help we can probably point you in the direction of someone who can.
For more information about our products and services or for a quote contact Sam firstname.lastname@example.org 01263 732265
Although we don’t rent out drapes we do have a large stock of set rental items including decks, rolling & static legs, steps handrails & dollies. Over the years we’ve also accumulated a range of more unusual set pieces so do ask as we may have something that will make your set just that little bit out of the ordinary.
We also understand the budget constraints of modern touring so can help advise on achieving your out of the ordinary set with the maximum rental stock items and the minimum custom built elements.
And being in the lovely Norfolk country side we can also offer very good rates on storage - let us know what you after and for how long and we'll see what we can do.
Hangman offers a unique service of USA NFPA 701 and California Touring certification with all our printed drapes, making life a whole lot easier if you're touring in the USA.
Naturally, all our drapes come with European Fire Certification as standard, but having a wealth of knowledge on worldwide fire safety requirements we can help, advise and obtain certification on your behalf.
Boston has its own rules accepting no certification but their own, so we regularly send fabric samples with all the necessary paperwork to make sure everything is in place well before show-time, as all our backdrops have unique identification codes we are able to email replacement copies at a moment’s notice. Having all the right fire certification can be a pain, so we endeavour to make it as trouble-free as possible.
When required we can also supply Health and Safety documentation for our creations, including structural calculations, weights and method statements if applicable. Please talk to us about what you are likely to need.
The Artworks Silvergate, Blickling, Norwich, Norfolk. NR11 6NN
PLEASE NOTE - IF YOU ARE COMING TO HANGMAN IN A 40' TRUCK PLEASE DON'T - YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO GET IT OUT AGAIN! GIVE US A CALL AND WE'LL REDIRECT YOU TO ONE OF OUR STORAGE FACILITIES OR TO METALMAN...thank you.
The Metalworks, Midland Road, North Walsham, Norfolk NR28 9JR