The monologue competition was set, and adjudicated on 20th April by Rose, with some assistance from Evelyn.
The monologues were based on nursery rhymes, and ‘Jack and Jill’ turned out to be the most popular choice. Other subjects chosen were ‘Lady Godiva’, ‘Old King Cole’, ‘The Knave of Hearts’, and ‘Miss Muffet’ and the spider who sat beside her .
In her adjudication, Rose reminded us that double-spacing, indenting the first line of paragraphs, and providing pseudonyms and cover sheets are all necessary. She also felt that some of the entries were more like short stories rather than a piece of dramatic prose to be acted out on a stage.
Evelyn suggested that a monologue competition once a year could be a good way of helping us all to improve our writing skills.
First place went to Alasdair for a well-written monologue featuring a reformed criminal (who began his career by stealing some tarts, like the Knave of Hearts) giving advice to a group of prison inmates; and second place was won by Lucy for a clever slant on ‘ Old King Cole’. Evie took third place with an Irish version of ‘Jack and Jill’ and Ina was Highly Commended for another Jack and Jill monologue that included a host of other nursery rhyme characters. Kate was Commended for an amusing tale involving Miss Muffet and Incy Wincy Spider.
After the break the rest of the monologues were read out and enjoyed. Another good LWG meeting, with thanks to all those who entered the competition, to Rose for her adjudications, and to Evelyn for her assistance.