The Edge of Madness – Fear and Terror Play

We all like to talk about playing on the edge and about fear and terror play, but what are they? When is terror play the same as edge play and when is it a different animal altogether?

That play which is most difficult for the bottom, which brings up the most fear, or is the most dangerous and unsafe, can be both terror and edge play. And yet terror play can also be the most safe and controlled type of play that one can create. Playing with phobias, playing with the dangerous, creating the elusion of danger, tapping into the emotionally dangerous — all have at their center, fear.

This workshop explores how to negotiate terror play, while still keeping it as a surprise, some of the physical and psychological dangers of terror play, and specific ideas for scenes of terror, both physical and psychological. We will also go into what to do when things go wrong.

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