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backcloth

(ˈbækˌklɒθ)
n
(Theatre) a large painted curtain hanging at the back of a stage set. Also called: backdrop
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.backcloth - scenery hung at back of stagebackcloth - scenery hung at back of stage  
scenery, scene - the painted structures of a stage set that are intended to suggest a particular locale; "they worked all night painting the scenery"
Translations

backcloth

[ˈbækklɒθ] N (Brit) (Theat, also fig) → telón m de fondo

backcloth

[ˈbækklɒθ] n (British)
(THEATRE) (= backdrop) (to stage)toile f de fond
(fig) (= background) (to scenery)toile f de fond
against a backcloth of green hills → sur un fond de collines vertes, avec les collines vertes comme toile de fond
(fig) (to event) against a backcloth of sth [+ strikes, industrial unrest] → dans un climat de qch
The events occurred against a backcloth of industrial unrest in Britain → Les événements ont eu lieu dans un climat d'agitation industrielle en Grande-Bretagne.

backcloth

[ˈbækˌklɒθ] n (Brit) (Theatre) → fondale m (fig) → sfondo
References in classic literature ?
Every day the coast looked the same, as though we had not moved; but we passed various places--trading places--with names like Gran' Bassam Little Popo, names that seemed to belong to some sordid farce acted in front of a sinister backcloth.
The actors perform among the musicians, backcloths are draped over the boxes to spell out the scenes and there's minimal use of props which all means that the music and the lyrics are the prime focus throughout.
Peter also suggest that scenery painter Rod Taylor deserves a place in the spotlight for his work painting the backcloths, crucial scene setters for the show.
Back stage then everything was manual, working up in the flies dropping in scenery and backcloths, dropping and re-winding back the massive safety curtain.
A lot can be forgiven - the mucking around with the story, the scarcity of props and backcloths all just seem part of the fun.