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Sonja Linden

Sonja Linden

Sonja Linden is an award-winning playwright, whose plays have been produced in London and in regional theatres in the UK as well as in the United States and Australia. The London productions include Call Me Judas, The Jewish Daughter, sequel to Brecht's The Jewish Wife, and The Strange Passenger. I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda was written in response to her encounters with a number of young Rwandan refugees at the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, where she was a writer in residence from 1997-2004. Here she set up the Write to Life Project, a creative and testimonial writing program offering clients of the Foundation the opportunity to discharge their painful experiences of persecution and exile through the act of writing. Her concern to make these voices public led to her founding iceandfire theatre company, of which she is currently the artistic director. Born out of the urgent need to give a platform to dispossessed voices, the company was launched in 2003 with the highly successful London premiere of Young Lady from Rwanda. The play was subsequently adapted for BBC World Service Radio Drama and in 2004 it went on a six week Arts Council funded national tour. Young Lady from Rwanda received its American premiere at the Missouri Repertory Theatre in April 2005, since which time it has been produced by a number of American theatres including the Milwaukee Rep, Washington's African Continuum Theater and the 6th@Penn Theatre, San Diego. It premiered in Dublin in September 2005. Sonja's second play for iceandfire was inspired by the writings of five of her clients at the Medical Foundation, with the central story focussing on the real life experiences of a recent refugee from Darfur in Western Sudan. Crocodile Seeking Refuge had its London premiere at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith in the autumn of 2005 and will tour the UK in 2006. More information about Sonja's work can be found on

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