Sonja Linden

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Plays by Sonja Linden

Crocodile Seeking Refuge

Aurora Metro Books
Type: Text

This play tells the stories of five individuals seeking asylum in the UK: Zakariya from Darfur; Destin from the Republic of Congo; Jalal from Iraq; Parvaneh from Iran and Marie-Elena from Colombia. Each has been forced to flee their homeland in the face of death, each is haunted in a different way by the past. Finding themselves in situations that veer between the comic and the tragic, they try to make sense of the British way of life. “Scars are like medals. They show we have taken part in the life.” Inspired by the real-life testimony of people who have sought refuge in the UK, Crocodile Seeking Refuge is an incisive look at the asylum stories behind the headlines.

In 1997 Sonja Linden set up the Write to Life Project at the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, a creative and testimonial writing programme to enable survivors of torture and persecution to process their ‘heart of darkness’ experiences through the medium of writing. Real-life testimony therefore was the catalyst for Crocodile Seeking Refuge. Working with five individuals as part of the Write to Life project, the play was developed for three years. Pierre Junior N’Khiembet, a torture victim from the Republic of Congo, whose treatment in this country was a major, traumatising factor. Nasrin Parvaz from Iran, Doctor Qasim Albrisem from Iraq, Aziz Idris and later Sharif Barko from Sudan and Maritza Jubelly from Colombia. Many of the encounters in the final version of the play have been invented, but the back stories of what happened to each of the five characters and how they have been treated by the British asylum system are entirely accurate.

I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document Given To Me By A Young Lady From Rwanda

Aurora Metro Books
Type: Text

A burnt-out English poet, on a Creative Writing residency in London, meets and becomes attached to a young woman who is trying to write a book about her experience of surviving the massacre in Rwanda. Initially, their differences of culture and language act as a barrier, but eventually they manage to find a way to trust and communicate the changing nature of their lives and to come to terms with their experiences.

Welcome to Ramallah

Aurora Metro Books
Type: Text

A tense four-hander in which two Jewish sisters are trapped in an apartment in Ramallah with their Palestinian neighbours. Mara and Daoud question whether their mutual attraction can overcome their differences, while the reality of life on the West Bank reopens old wounds and disrupts long-held memories of homeland.

Who Do We Think We Are?

Aurora Metro Books
Type: Text

A kaleidoscope of stories about war, displacement, revolution and liberation taking us on an emotional journey across three continents. Based on the actors’ personal and family experiences, the stories interweave and overlap, exploring moments of joy, sadness and laughter set against key historical events over the last hundred years. Poignant, moving, funny, inspiring, this is the first piece of work created by the Visible, a new ensemble, dedicated to putting older performers and their rich lives centre stage.

Sonja Linden is an award-winning playwright whose work has been produced in the UK, USA and Australia. London productions include Call Me Judas, The Jewish Daughter and The Strange Passenger.