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ONLINE ROLE PLAYING GAME AIMED AT IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH AND SOCIAL ISOLATION

An online playing portal has been set up to tackle social isolation and depression and Sanity Marketing's writer Steven Collins sat down at his keyboard to enjoy a couple of hours escapism from the pandemic.

Founder of The Sanguine Writing House, Phil Buchanan, set-up the role-playing platform together with his nephew, Pete Smith (who suffers with depression), as a way to build Pete’s confidence. 

It started as a result of the pandemic, with games online to keep in line with Government requirements. 

Phil says: “My aim is to improve the nation’s mental health through game play and I will donate a percentage of the proceeds to mental health charities.”

I played the role of hapless farmer Bob, putting my best Yorkshire accent on to fit in with the character’s description.  We all had to sing songs as part of our character and we laughed a great deal while having regular screen breaks in between scenes.

We had to solve the mystery around who stole the tartan trousers of a customer at the pub.

It is amazing that once you take on a character you become more outgoing. 

Phil played one of the characters while expertly introducing people before the game, and ensuring the rules were understood.

Phil adds: “The game is great for people experiencing social anxiety and I know the pandemic restrictions are starting to come to an end, but many people will continue to work from home, and it’s a great way to unwind after a busy week.”

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Fantastic experience! The online game was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. The hosts were helpful and funny and we were all really into the 'who done it.'

Can't wait to try another one of their plays in the future!

KathleenB97 - 6th March 2021


Absolutely amazing! Fun people and fun experience.

PoppyF14 - 20th March 2021


A fantastic and fun way to spend an otherwise lonely evening. We've all become used to being on our own and it's wearing a bit thin these days, or so I thought until I found these guys! A great way to send some time with friends while still being safe at home. A professional and friendly group that know what they're doing and are happy to help make sure everyone has a great time. With support on hand to help with a little technical glitch they really made the whole thing fun and enjoyable. I can only recommend them.

DavidM-3562 - 23rd March 2021


Throughly enjoyable unique approach to online entertainment.
Highly recommended.

EstelleL-10 - 25th March 2021


 
I was laughing from start to finish with this experience! As a group we booked “Donald where’s your trousers” and we had singing, dancing and all round a good time. Unlike other mystery we became the actors! Using the online script and a host to guide us through it we were left to be as silly or as serious as we wanted! I know they also allow you to book on as a one or 2 and you can join other people and have fun! What better to meet new people than an interactive mystery! I cannot wait to do this again with a new script!
RebeccaW 15th March 2021

 
So many areas of entertainment have been taken away from us in the last 12 months. How wonderful that The Sanguine Writing House has put together a fun and intriguing way to spend time with our friends online. I took part in their panto and played a man who had to sing a very famous song. I assumed I knew the words to this famous song - how wrong I was! You start, and everyone is a bit nervous, not sure what to expect and then, before you know it, everyone has sung a song and come up with their own idea about who has stolen a pair of trousers! Excellent. I advise that you have snacks and a glass for your favourite tipple as well. They also have a m#rder mystery which is a little more sinister for those of you who have a darker edge. I also heard that they are developing further stories so it is worth taking a look at their website to see what they have available. Sanguine Writing House has created a fun way to catch up with friends which is unique, laid back and bonkers! Book now.
TobyT - 15th March 2021

 
A really fun way to spend a few hours with friends. I loved the fact it was just not he typical quiz or escape room type affair, it was a really engaging and funny experience. They've a few experiences to choose from and I'm looking forward to the next one!
TristanP - 15th March 2021

The Sanguine Writing House Reaches Agreement with Major Media Player

From next week don't be surprised to see our writers or spokespeople turning up on the telly or in The Daily Mail. We have engaged the services of one of the most dynamic media partners around and preparation work  is currently under way.

All of our witers, audition co-ordinators, actors,comperes and players truly believe in our plays and the social and mental health benefits they bring to players. Our games have been played from all over the world thanks to the internet and all agree that in these socially-distanced times this is the closest thing  to a good night out (remember them?)

This product deserves to be famous.

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Sealed With A Kiss

12th February 2021

The Sanguine Writing House has launched its latest on-line interactive scripted drama called Big Valentines Night Out just in time for Valentines Night on February 14th.

TSWH is making something of a name for itself in producing on-line plays that enable players to participate from the safety and comfort of home via their computers.

At Christmas time the company produced Donald where’s Your Trousers, a pantomime which attracted players from all over the World. This was followed by a Burns’ Night Murder Mystery at the end of January which proved extremely popular, particularly among Scottish players.

Big Valentines Night Out is set in an extremely elegant and romantic restaurant which is owned and run by maybe the best chef in the World: Marco-Pierre Noir.

It is Valentines night and couples are gathering to sample the best and most expensive food that money can buy. Not everything, however, is happiness and kisses. Something bad happens and we need to find out how and why and this is where the on-line mystery and drama begins.

The script has been originally created by the TSWH writers and has parts for twelve per game –five couples, restaurant host and compere.

TSWH spokesman Matthew Stubbs said:

“This is great in these times of enforced social-distancing. It is as close to an actual Valentine’s party as we can get. With a murder mystery thrown in. A really fun night.”

Further information is on www.TSWH.co.uk

Matthew Stubbs can be reached on: 07508 120010 or bemoreeleanorpr@gmail.com

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From The Media

Virtual Murder Mysteries – The Sanguine Writing House

The Sanguine Writing House is an online interactive game experience which offers a variety of murder mystery tales and other fun games for your group event. It was created as a response to the absence of work Christmas parties and group events last year and will go forward into 2021 to cater as a substitute for other social gatherings. 

A virtual world of Murder Mystery and fun games awaits, these virtual tables are available for groups of 12 people and are ideal for families, friends, colleagues or sporting clubs as festive celebrations or just for fun.

“We’ve created a fun way of getting together whilst sticking to the rules and people love solving a mystery”.

– Matthew Stubbs, spokesman for the production house.

Gameplay can be an effective treatment of mental health issues caused by isolation. In the spirit of treating mental health issues through gameplay, TSWH will donate a percentage of all sales to the charities MIND, Hospitality Action and The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice. 

The Sanguine Writing House offers a wide range of experiences and aims to produce a new event every month. 

Donald Where’s Your Trousers” launched over Christmas:

Ten actors, who had not previously worked together, trod the virtual boards in a Sanguine Writing House production which sought to clear-up the mystery of who had pilfered Donald’s trousers. 

The actors were located in all parts of the country and one even tuned-in from India. They were taking part in the first of what is planned to be many live screenings of participation plays throughout the year.

Played from an original script written by one of the teams at Sanguine Productions, the setting is an old English pub and brings together regulars and travellers who are all characters in their own right.

The Sanguine Writing House is currently working on a Valentines Big Night Out. More information and booking details can be found at www.TSWH.co.uk.

Ashleigh Ridler

27/01/2020


I really enjoyed it, as someone who definitely isn't an actor, I was still able to enjoy myself and have a good laugh. Me and Gus can’t stop talking about it, actually feels like we've been out and seen people. And I can't stop singing sweet Caroline haha. 

[2 roles played by a couple sitting next to each other]

Jenny (21st January 2021)


The Haggis Hunt Is On

To coincide with the launch of Our Burns Night Tragedy game/drama we are out hunting Haggis,

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It's an International Affair

The Sanguine Writing House’s latest productions have drawn players from all around The World.

Donald Where’s Your Trousers and A Burns Night Tragedy have been hits around the Globe.

Both games have been played via the internet by participants from far-flung places such as India, The United States, Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan.

Matthew Stubbs, PR director at TSWH said:

“We expected a good response from the public but we have been amazed by the international interest”.

The TSWH format invites players to play roles in scripted games and is aimed at bringing some joy to those suffering in isolation.

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I had a wonderful time at the audition ?? The game was fun and I enjoyed the singing! 

Leo (13th January 2021)

I really enjoyed the storyline & truly believe these virtual game  nights will bring joy to a lot of people around the world. 

Sucheta (13th January 2021)

I wanted to say just how much I enjoyed today's audition- it was so much fun! I also want to say that I seriously admire all the amazing work that you do and what TSWH stands for. It is truly incredible and so inspiring.

Tanita (12th January 2021)


I have not been idle!. I am attaching just a few lines from a script I have started writing for you.

I have listed the characters with a brief description, and the first part of the script ( up to where I have put a line of *****).This should be enough for you decide if you like my style of writing.

After that, I give a brief synopsis of what will happen next.

Moving forward, the characters and script will then explain how the items of treasure are moved from the ship, by whom, and where they are taken. The characters each have some motive for stealing something.

After a drunken night, and a search for contraband , the treasure is found to be missing, and the Bow Street runner eventually solves the mystery.

There is a rousing chorus of “ What shall we do with the drunken sailor” involved, too!

I have only worked the script and ideas this far, as I would like to know if you would consider this ?

Diana (13th January 2021)


Just want to let you know this is a great idea! I was a bit of the fence at first as I've done some table reads over zoom and they've been a bit ropey as we are reading from our own scripts but your cueing system really helped speed that up.

Dominic (13th January 2021)

I have just attended the auditions for the burns night murder mystery. It was great fun, really enjoyed myself and got into the story. It was fun meeting other people on the call, we had a good laugh. Thanks for allowing us the chance to try it out.

Angela (13th January 2021)

Loved the variation of the two platforms [games] and how differently they play. Very well thought out. Nikoli is very talented.

Debbie (13th January 2021)


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Star in a Burns Night Murder Mystery

16th January 2021

The Sanguine Writing House (TSWH) is producing the latest in a series of on-line participation plays to coincide with Burns Night on 25th January.

In these socially restrictive times the only way to meet and socialise is on-line and TSWH is pioneering a game and drama format which sees members of the public taking part in an interactive scripted drama. In this version twelve characters gather in a Grand House in Ayrshire to celebrate the words of the Scottish Bard but there has been a murder and everyone has a motive.

This is the second TSWH production to take place with the first being a Christmas time pantomime and the next one set to be a Valentines Night Out.

Spokesman for the production house, Matthew Stubbs said:

“We’ve created a fun way of getting together whilst sticking to the rules and people love solving a mystery”.

More information can be found at www.TSWH.co.uk and Matthew can be reached on 07508 120010.

Bookings are being taken now.

THE SANGUINE WRITING HOUSE:
This is an on-line interactive game which comes in a variety of mystery tales. It was created as a response to the absence of works Christmas parties last year. It will go forward into 2021 to cater as a substitute for other social gatherings. This play is set in 1926 and focuses on Burns Night. Participants will play a character in the game and look to find the murderer of the piper. Great fun which is something we all need in these difficult times. Game play is seen as an effective treatment of mental health issues caused by isolation and we are working with MIND to make a contribution to mental well-being.

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... it was so much fun and I'm sure these mysteries will go down really well with all sorts of people, particularly during these difficult times.

Claire (12th January 2021)

Loved the story of Donald, especially the Panto Jokes! BOOM BOOM! 

Laura (12th January 2021)

Thanks for today - that was very fun and I was certainly kept on my toes from "Cor blimey" to "Slainte" in a breath! haha!

Kate (12th January 2021)

I honestly had so much fun and truly admire what you are doing. Not only is it a great product, but its for a great cause. 

Nicholas (12th January 2021)

 


The fact that you are giving back to charities too is a massive thing for me - I'm a member of St John Ambulance & EDS UK; a charity very close to me because I have hEDS (hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome), as does 2 of my 4 children & I'm the main carer for the youngest one. So taking care of my mental health is tough at times.

Sharon (9th January 2021)

May I just commend yourself, Vanessa and the team for constructing a fun and interactive variant to online Murder Mysteries. I think the care and attention to detail along with the background ethos is wonderful, and have no doubt that this will be a fantastic journey and success.

Estelle (9th January 2021)

 I'm writing today to thank you both for such a great audition, and to commend you on an excellent and meaningful idea very well executed. 

James (9th January 2021)


I think it's a great concept and solution for people who struggles with mental health and not. In these times we are all feeling a bit lonely and having a way to be together forgetting the empty weeks we are living, it's a wonderful thing. 

Guilia (9th January 2021)

Thank you so much for such a laugh as you know it’s been really hard for any of us to keep smiling. I remember Donald where’s your troosers being sung to me by my mum when I was a lad. It’s amazing what you are doing. There have been mental health issues that have plagued my family for long time. I myself suffer social anxiety so this was very liberating. 

Warren (9th January 2021)

Wow what an amazing evening! I did not expect to come into an environment which was so fun! Certainly, an audition to remember. I extend my thanks to you again for this, the world needs this. Even taking COVID out of the equation for a moment, mental health is on the rise and the world we live in drives more and more people indoors. 

Alan (9th January 2021)

I really enjoyed last night and can see how this project could help many people around the world.
 
Martin (9th January 2021)

Where Are all The Scottish Actors?

 

11th January 2021

The Sanguine Writing House has seen an open casting call for Scottish actors fall flat. A nationwide call has led to only nineteen responses leading casting director Matthew Stubbs to wonder:

 “Where are they are all hiding?”

The Sanguine Writing House, TSWH, produces on-line interactive games which require players to participate in the performance. The game format was created as a response to the ban on social gatherings and theatres closing for the duration of this awful pandemic.

Matthew said:

“In a world where laughs are few we are raising some and we were even singing the other night. Bad, drunken singing, but singing nonetheless!”

That was in a performance of on-line pantomime: Donald Where’s Your Trousers? This brought together strangers over last week to perform in the game. It was good fun and those who played it are no longer strangers.

All TSWH games are based around a mystery or Whodunit? It could be a missing pair of trousers or the search for the murderer in classic murder/mystery style.

The next one sees a murder taking place at a Burns Night gathering and participants get to play Scottish characters that are brought together. Such as local distillery owner Mr or Mrs Forbes, Dr. Buchanan or even detective Campbell, who is there to solve the mystery. Someone has been killed and it would appear that everyone has a motive to do the deed.

Stubbs added:

“We have twelve Scottish parts to fill and a shortage of Scottish actors. Considering the current world in which we l live in I thought we would have been snowed under with applications but no.”

TSWH has posted the roles on a variety of casting sites and had plenty of responses from around the World but what the company really wants is authentic Scottish voices to bring this Burns Night Tragedy to life.

THE SANGUINE WRITING HOUSE:
This is an on-line interactive game which comes in a variety of mystery tales. It has been created as a response to the absence of works Christmas parties this year. It will go forward into 2021 to cater as a substitute for other social gatherings. This play is set in 1926 and focuses on Burns Night. Participants will play a character in the game and look to find the murderer of the piper. Great fun which is something we all need in these difficult times. Game play is seen as an effective treatment of mental health issues caused by isolation and we are working with MIND to make a contribution to mental well-being.

The site can be reached at www.TSWH.co.uk

And Matthew Can be reached on: 07508120010

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Donald Where’s Your Trousers First Night Was a Hit With All Who Took Part

Last night a group of actors ran through a performance of on-line pantomime Donald Where’s Your Trousers, and the producers have declared it a hit.

Ten actors, who had not previously worked together, trod the virtual boards in a Sanguine Writing House production which sought to clear-up the mystery of who had pilfered Donald’s trousers.

The actors were located in all parts of the country and one even tuned-in from India. They were taking part in the first of what is planned to be many live screenings of participation plays throughout the year.

“In these miserable times where laughs are few, there were plenty of those, a few drinks were taken, singing and a bit of flirting went on and all from the socially distanced sanction of home. Thirteen people got to mingle and know each other better”

So said one the three producers who joined in on the fun.

Played from an original script written by one of the team at Sanguine Productions, the setting is an old English pub and brings together regulars and travellers who are all characters in their own right.

“This is an opportunity for the acting profession, which has suffered of late due to Covid inflicted restrictions. They enjoyed doing it and we enjoyed taking part.”

Stated spokesman Matthew Stubbs.

This on-line participation type of theatrical outing wants to give purpose to talent whilst others can join in.

Sanguine Writing House was started as a response to the curtailing of social gatherings and audiences. It provides hosted and scripted on-line productions which can be played out amongst groups such as work colleagues, sports clubs, societies and friends.

“We will be doing a lot more. It was something approaching how humans normally socialise but keeping within the rules. It was a good laugh”

More information can be found at www.TSWH.co.uk and Matthew can be reached on 07508 120010

TSWH is managed on-line from England and Scotland and is currently taking bookings.

In the spirit of treating mental health issues through game play a percentage of sales will be donated to the charities MIND, Hospitality Action and The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice .


THE SANGUINE WRITING HOUSE SEEKS PANTOMIME TALENT IN NATIONWIDE SEARCH

23rd December 2020

Today The Sanguine Writing House placed a listing in The Stage Newspaper asking for pantomime veterans to get in touch.

Production manager Pipolai Nomzki is hoping to attract the “weird and wonderful” to take part in his company’s first show entitled Donald Where’s Your Troosers?

Pantomime has been missing from theatres throughout the country this year and for the first time the whole drama will take place on-line. So TSWH is looking for characters who can deliver in this new format.

Pipolai said:

“We are looking at casting big characters that can hold the attention for a group of people who are attending and participating via their computer screens.”

The Sanguine Writing House is a collective of writers, some of whom are engaging for the first time with theatre, and currently wish to remain anonymous. They will be named in time. 

Pipolai added:

"With Theatres currently dark, we are hoping to put some of the spirit of Pantomime back into Christmas."

TSWH is managed on-line from Manchester and Edinburgh and is taking bookings through Christmas, New Year and January and further information can be found at: https://www.tswh.co.uk/

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Panto Makes A Show On-line. Oh yes it does!

18th December 2020

This is an on-line interactive game which comes in a variety of mystery tales. It has been created as a response to the absence of works Christmas parties this year. Enabling groups of friends and colleagues to meet on-line and play roles within the game. It will go forward into 2021 to cater as a substitute for other social gatherings. In the first instance TSWH Games has launched a pantomime.

The setting is a popular pub in the south of England and features a cast of regulars with all that you would expect from these types of characters. There are obvious romances going on. Regulars at the pub who know all and have seen all. Some who should know better and some who are full of mischief.

But where Donald’s trousers have gone is a mystery that players set-out to solve in this silly and fun game. Other formats are to include classic murder mysteries located in country houses and estates, and in more exotic locations such as travelling carnivals, fairs and bazaars.

The Sanguine Writing House is a collective of writers, some of whom are engaging for the first time with theatre, and currently wish to remain anonymous. They will be named in time.  Can you guess? Are the scripts by Christopher Brookmyre, Clare Mackintosh or Erin Kelly?  Just a few of the great crime and mystery writers of our era. In this first edition we are treated to the scripting of an author who goes by the name of:  Pipolai Nomzki who remarked:

"With Theatres currently dark, we are hoping to put some of the spirit of the Pantomime back into Christmas."

TSWH is taking bookings through Christmas, New Year and January and further information can be found at: https://www.tswh.co.uk/

At this challenging time a percentage of sales will be donated to the charities MIND, Hospitality Action and The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice  

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I’d like to say how inspiring it is you doing all this and for the cause you represent, I personally would like to wish you all the best with it moving forward. It was great fun this evening and i love a giggle etc.

John (7th January 2021)

The game is extremely fun, I loved the experience and I think it is a great way to stay in touch with friends and have a great time, especially in the current situation. 

Raquel (7th January 2021)

What you have produced is amazing, laughter is the best medicine anyone can give and receive.

Debbie (7th January 2021)


I liked the overall idea, the panto is funny and silly for all. 

Hannah (6th January 2021)

I am a fully qualified sign language interpreter and it did get me thinking if it would be accessible for a Deaf audience too. A group a Deaf friends could play together because there is the zoom element where its visual. 

Laura (6th January 2021)

Can I Just say, what a wonderful idea and so uplifting.  I don't have any negatives as for me it was a fab evening.

 I have suffered with my mental health since I was a teenager and have regular counselling. I work for the NHS children and adults mental health part time so know how people are suffering.

Paula (6th January 2021)

I love the concept and the way everyone can get involved and take on that character.

Vince (6th January 2021)

Before I go into detail can I just say how in admiration I am for the work you are doing. As I said in the audition today - very few people are addressing the mental effects of covid - especially on single isolated people.

Linda (6th January 2021)

 I found the pantomime to be entertaining and engaging with good amounts of humour. It certainly was conducive to banter!

Ramann (6th January 2021)


I really enjoyed myself. I can imagine this game would be a lot of fun for different groups of people to play.

Eve (5th January 2021)

 I went to bed smiling.  I think it definitely achieves the aim of bringing people together with a purpose.

Natalie (5th January 2021)

I just wanted to drop you an email to say I really enjoyed tonight’s audition- it was a good laugh and lots of fun and it was good to get involved with other actors to bounce off & bring the script to life!

Danielle (5th January 2021)

Had a great time on the game as Donald, 

Chris (5th January 2021)



I participated in Tusk playing the part of The Butcher and I had so much fun. The script was so well written and I found it so easy to follow. The lines were incredibly funny and cleverly took us through the story.
There were just enough breaks to keep it flowing nicely and the recap sections were great to help you have a serious think about ‘whodunnit’. I especially loved the parts where everyone got the opportunity to chat about their thoughts of the story so far!
Well done Sanguine Writing House you’re onto a winner thanks for a night of laughter ??

DebbieP-257 - 1st April 2021


Well I have never had so much fun in a very very long time. Thank you amazing night full of fun and laughter. Can’t wait to do another one.

MaureenW-161 - 3rd April 2021


My Daughter Josie Roach and I joined a ‘Donald where’s your Trousers?’ Event last night which was excellent. Very well run and extremely entertaining.

Alyson Roach - 4th April 2021