Mary Wells


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Heroine is based on the true story of Danna Davis and her 10 years in the US Army. A survivor of military sexual trauma, hers is a human story exploring healing, forgiveness and what speaking your truth really means - with grit, lyricism and necessary black humour.

On a dangerous mission inside a combat zone, Sgt Davis must work with the perpetrator of her sexual attack to get her squad home safely. Is peace possible?

This audiobook is more of a fully realised radio drama, with FULLY IMMERSIVE SOUND DESIGN from sound designer and foley artist Heather Andrews, and narration from Audie Award Winning narration Mary Jane Wells. Heroine began as Wells' award-winning solo performance, winning a Scottish Theatre Arts Trust Award and a Made in Scotland Award on its World Premiere at Assembly Rooms, in The Edinburgh Festival 2018. Heroine's USA debut was at The Kennedy Center, Washington DC, in February 2020.

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This story contains triggers, strong language, depictions of sexual violence and graphic content. It is a fully realised story, but not without the humour that makes Danna a fully rounded person, who refuses to be a figure of tragedy. Its intention is to bring listeners into the heart of Danna's full experience frankly and responsibly to give her account the honesty and dignity it deserves, and the intention is to tell her story in all its colours. Woven deep into the fabric of Heroine is the rubric that "It is not the event that has the power to define your life, but the story you choose to tell about it."

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