star trap

star trap

A type of trap in a theater stage through which an actor, standing on a counterweighted platform, can make a sudden appearance or disappearance.
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Should the Graham Hollandtrained star trap on terms he could be difficult to contain to the third turn.
Several of these thespian (Canterbury) Tales, in particular the harrowing "A Star Trap", still read very well as short fiction as well as being valuable repositories of stage lore and practices.
DENISE Van Outen is the latest victim to be caught speeding on a stretch of Buckinghamshire motorway nicknamed the Star Trap.