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Body-shaming play among winners of Heretic Voices monologue competition

From left: Annie Fox, Sonya Hale and Tatty Hennessy, all winners of the Heretic Voices competition From left: Annie Fox, Sonya Hale and Tatty Hennessy, all winners of the Heretic Voices competition
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Annie Fox, Sonya Hale and Tatty Hennessy have been named as winners of the inaugural Heretic Voices competition, a writing prize that celebrates monologues.

The three winners were chosen from 1,136 submissions by a panel of judges made up of actor and writer Lolita Chakrabarti, literary agent Mel Kenyon, actor and writer Monica Dolan and Guardian theatre critic Michael Billington.

Each of the winning monologues will now be produced for performances at the Arcola Theatre between January 9 and January 13. They will also be published in a collection by theatre publishers Nick Hern Books.

Woman Caught Unaware is Annie Fox’s debut play, and examines the issue of body shaming.

Hale, who previously wrote Glory Whispers, which was performed at Theatre503, and has worked with companies including Clean Break and Synergy Theatre Project, won for her monologue Dean McBride set on a Croydon council estate.

Hennessy’s monologue A Hundred Words for Snow follows a teenage girl’s journey to the North Pole with her father’s ashes. Hennessy previously adapted Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen for Theatre N16.

Max Gill, artistic director of Heretic Productions, which runs the competition, said: “Our three winning plays stood out to the judges for the belief and conviction each writer showed in their own voice.

“Their writing is original, honest, and surprising, and their handling of the monologue form is highly sophisticated.”

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