Demand for the immersion, sheer escapism, cathartic embodiment and people-to-people connection has increased dramatically in the year of lockdown - 2020. And, based on the feedback from our audience, an SSN experience offers it all.
Secret Story Network goes back way before the viral year, but its transcendent and bonkers narratives that function beyond borders and distances, now became a need and a sustenance for the mind and soul.
Many joined for the promise of laughs in the lonesome lockdown but stayed for many unlocked possibilities.
" I think it created a new way of thinking for me, definitely.
The act of playing SSN story experiences is a gesture of solidarity. Participants leave their ego's and preconceptions at the door and enter to be part of something imaginative - bigger than themselves.
SSN cobers themes as big as Life, Death, Humanity, Covid-19 and Brexit - down to smaller personal journeys of self-discovery, genre stories and fun engaging tales that have universal appeal.
After a year of isolation, many people are finding the endless TV series on demand, online gaming and social network streams to be.. well, a little bit boring.
"It was completely different to anything I'd ever done, which I liked."
With SSN we have something different, something live and communal. SSN experiences are exciting sustenance for the mind and soul - these stories can be fun AND truly transcendent narratives that function beyond borders and distance.
We regularly run SSN live stories via this website and the network emails. You can join up and get notifications every time there is a story to play.
What do you do when your characters become alive and very opinionated? When you find yourself in your own script now a fast paced event in time? Well, try and see! Unleash your impro skills, give and get that buzz!
"This is brilliant idea that can get me warm up for my scriptwriting development process."
Creative players, students and professionals often feedback to us that SSN stories are not only fun experiences, but a hell of a way to enhance writing, improvisation and performance skills. (Nope, don't worry, these are not prerequisites for playing). Strengthen your weaknesses, excercise your strengths and boost that confidence for the sake of a good story.
"It can be used as a litmus paper test... You play the story, you give certain players a specific character to play to see if the chemistry's working or not."
The experience of participating in SSN increases your creativity and doing so in a group environment?
Well, that's just the most powerful thing you can imagine.
You are the story.
This interactive engagement with the chance to make a real difference to people caught in isolation, giving them a sense of community, wellbeing and catharsis in these troubled times. Sharing real meaningful interactions with people thousands of miles apart, can make intense feelings of connection, closer than if you were sitting in the same room together.
"If you will play you will learn something more about your origin; your imagination."
In the contemporary world where devices and social media are often considered to be dangerously addictive and ruinous to users intelligence, SSN experiences are 99% positive and bring people together in creative, thoughtful and meaningful ways.
In these story "events", it doesn't matter where you're from, only how you contribute, you get out what you put in.
"it's really good because you can be free."
We are currently taking the SSN technology and storytelling process into education, and we have recently agreed to run tests within the UK's NHS.
Many say Secret Story Network experience is somewhat like a traditional D&D game but with many different genres and without the massive rule book to absorb. In fact, in Secret Story Network there are only 3 rules...
Make the story excellent
So - let’s work together to make a great story and experience for us all.
Do not be afraid for your characters, their story and anything they want to do. The experience will permanently end after an hour or two. Take risks. Have fun. Abandon your comfort zone.
Be tolerant of others views and experiences, but also be tolerant and accept that the play might take us into areas that are uncomfortable.
Are you ready to PLAY?
Do you want to run a Secret Story Experience?
We welcome new Story Conductors - if you want to know more - get in touch...
A good start is getting a copy of our SSN Playbook - get in touch...!