Who Do We Think We Are?
by Sonja Linden
- A play about history, identity and migration.
- Originally produced by Visible Ensemble Theatre Company, who explore the issues that affect older people in the UK.
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.
“You made age beautiful and something to value and celebrate. This play is of huge value and relevance to people of all ages.” Bruce Nixon, Writer, National Theatre Studio
About the author
Born in London to German refugee parents, Sonja is a theatre producer and writer whose plays have been produced on radio and on stage throughout the UK and the United States. She is the founding artistic director of Visible Theatre Ensemble, having previously founded Iceandfire Theatre (www.iceandfire.co.uk), a company that explores human rights through performance (nominated for a Liberty award in 2010).
Sonja’s plays for iceandfire include: On A Clear Day You Can See Dover (Wilton’s Music Hall, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield and UK national tour), Welcome to Ramallah, co-written with Adah Kay, and its companion piece, Palestine Monologues, (Arcola Theatre, York Theatre Royal, Compass Theatre, San Diego); Crocodile Seeking Refuge (Lyric Hammersmith, UK national tour), Asylum Dialogues (Tricycle Theatre and UK national tour), I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda (Finborough Theatre, UK and USA tours, BBC World Service Radio), and Asylum Monologues (UK national tour). Previous work includes: The Strange Passenger (Paines Plough, Battersea Arts Centre and UK National Tour); The Jewish Daughter, sequel to Brecht’s The Jewish Wife (New End Theatre); Call Me Judas (Paines Plough, Finborough Theatre) and Present Continuous (Edinburgh Festival, Fringe First, BBC Radio 4).
Praise for other works
“Buy, beg or steal a ticket to this play.” The Times (re: A Young Lady from Rwanda by Sonja Linden)
“A tribute to the human spirit…” Time Out (re: Crocodile Seeking Refuge by Sonja Linden)