As we have been getting a number of enquiries from newcomers who don’t know what to expect, we have attempted to cover the most common questions. If there’s anything missing, feel free to get in touch via the Contact Form.
What goes on?
The evening starts at 7pm with an optional free class of 30-45 minutes, usually run by one of our international performers. Those who attended the class can practice what they have learned with advice and supervision from the BOUND staff. Otherwise, you can join the rest to chat, drink, tie or be tied. We have mats for floor work and numerous suspension points for more advanced riggers.
Around 9-9:30pm, the shows start with ample breaks in between. As this all happens up one end of the venue, the other end is free for tying or quietly talking. As we usually mirror shows on a projector screen and TV, you can always see what’s going on. The last show is usually around midnight and we wind down an hour or two later.
Is there a dress-code?
No. Most people come casual but there are usually a few who break out their fetish finest. If you want to cross-dress or come as a latex puppy, you won’t be the first.
What sort of shows do you have?
Most of the shows are Japanese rope bondage (aka shibari or kinbaku) by some of the best performers in the UK and world-wide. As the mission of BOUND is the promote shibari as a performance art, what you will see is far from the world of porn. Think more in terms of Tango with rope mixed with aerial performance with a Japanese theme. Visitors have been moved to tears and described the shows are “life-altering”. Take a look at our galleries and videos as a picture is worth a thousand words and video even more.
Will I get tied up?
Only if you ask nicely 🙂 There’s no obligation to participate and you certainly won’t get hassled by anyone. If you do want to get tied, there are many competent people there who will be glad to oblige. BOUND staff will be happy to point you in the right direction if you don’t know who to ask.
Do I need a partner?
No. You can come on your own, with a partner or with friends. If you want to join in a class and you don’t have a partner, we will do our best to pair you up or you can just ask around. It’s a really friendly atmosphere, more like a party than a public event with a solid core of regulars who welcome newcomers.
Do I need rope?
We usually have some rope that can be loaned for classes but supplies are limited. Like a Boy Scout, it’s always best to be prepared…although, that’s where the similarity ends as there’s a world of difference between our use of knots and theirs 😉 So you are not left out, you can buy lovely rope, treated and ready to go, from our shop to be delivered to your door.
Can I take photos?
Sorry but no. Only our official photographers are permitted. This means we can control images to protect those who have sensitive jobs. Some employers can be funny about this sort of thing.
Rules & etiquette
At BOUND, to ensure the best experience for our visitors, we have a few basic rules which are mostly a simple case of respect and politeness:
- “Stop!” or “No!” mean exactly that! We have zero tolerance for ignoring this or any non-consensual activity, e.g. groping.
- Don’t touch without asking. Respect others and their property, especially their rope. Rope can be a very personal thing.
- Don’t interrupt people who are tying.
- As this is a rope event, not an SM party, please keep your play to bondage and avoid things best kept for the bedroom.
- No photos. for the reasons, in ‘Can I take photos?’ above. Ignore it and you will find yourself on the street.