Bringing fantasy into Reality
Tawsingham is not one place; it’s a concept within which you may be whatever you want to be – if you can take the consequences*!
You can choose your gender, regardless of the gender you live as in the mundane world, or the one your mum thinks you are.
You can choose your social station: to be free, or ‘in service’, in ‘bonded service’ or owned as a slave, as a consensual arrangement.
You can be Master or Mistress of your own household, or have a place in someone else’s, or live in a Workhouse or similar facility.
You can even choose your species; it is possible to be a human pony, puppy, kitty, piggy, cow or other pet, domestic or wild animal.
It is real, and has, existed several times in the real world, for days at a time, and involved dozens of people. It works very well indeed.
Many aspects of it are also present in books we publish, written by folk who’ve been to Tawsingham or other such place and so can offer views of alternate realities, from direct personal experience.
The public power-relationships and disciplinary regimes etc. are modelled on societies in our past; particularly those of feudal times, but private aspects will vary substantially between households.
However we discard the ignorance, bigotry, chauvinism based on gender, race, or similar; the dirt, disease and other evils of the real original of feudal societies, whether in history or the present day.
With my ex-partner we tried to create a home for it in a specific geographic location in West Wales, but that ended with a criminal attack, by a malicious twerp acting from jealousy and self-interest.
(*So long as it is not illegal, and does not seriously threaten your health, wealth or public reputation – or that of others!)