Sonja Linden (Playwright, I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda, 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 The Asylum Monologues, Crocodiles Seeking Refuge, I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda, Call Me Judas, The Jewish Daughter (a 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 London based Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, where she has been writer in residence since 1997. 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 (www.iceandfire.co.uk) 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 national tour. The play has been produced in the United States at Kansas City Repertory, Milwaukee Repertory, and Chicago's Victory Gardens Theatre, among others.