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I have added another UK Theatre term for a batten - a 'barrell' - this page is very US orientated. In Theatre in the UK a 'batten' is always a longitudinal piece of timber used in scenic construction - not lighting (Except in exceptionally shoddy circumstance!) Trotboy (talk) 21:19, 28 March 2008 (UTC)
Just to make things more confusing, here in Canada batten refers to either or both the US or UK definition. DJSparkyhuh? 03:43, 16 June 2010 (UTC)