SAME SAME DIFFERENT
SAME SAME DIFFERENT is an original and affecting new verbatim play about adoption, identity and belonging that gives adoptees from all over the world the chance to share their adoption story in their own words.
Inspired by Naomi’s own experiences as a Trans- racial adoptee, adopted from Hong Kong into a White British family, the play focuses on what adoptees perceive as the similarities and differences between themselves and their family members.
By exploring what it’s like to grow up in a household and community who might look very different to you, Same Same Different asks: does nature or nurture most influence a person’s identity?
An extract of the play was performed in the studio at York Theatre Royal in July 2018 as part of their Black Box showcase.
Photo credits: Loki Photography and Shaun Conway.
- Naomi Sumner Chan
- Grace Joseph
- Leah Huang:
- Emma Lau
- Mrs. Huang:
- Eugenia Low
- Bolin Huang:
- Nelson Wan
NUMBERS was performed at The Arcola Theatre on 28th January 2018 as part of Foreign Goods 3 produced by Pokfulam Road Productions . The event coincided with the launch of Foreign Goods the first Anthology of plays by British East Asian writers published by Oberon Books.
This new short play highlighted the role of the Chinese Labour Corps in World War 1, an area of history often forgotten or ignored by mainstream historians.
SINK OR SING
Part of What The Dickens? by Manchester ADP
- Adam Quayle
- Naomi Sumner
- Alastair Gillies
- Chloe Proctor
- Lydia Hassoon
- Nancy Monaghan
Naomi was one of four writers invited to take part in Manchester ADP’s What The Dickens? event in partnership with Oldham Coliseum Theatre. The writers were commissioned to write a 15 minute response piece to Charles Dicken’s Hard Times which was being performed on the Main Stage as part of the season.
SINK OR SING was set in present day Manchester and explored class divides and the exploitation of vulnerable young women by men in positions of power. All four response pieces were given a rehearsed reading on the Coliseum’s Main Stage in front of an audience who were then invited to feedback in a post show discussion.
Sink or Sing makes a great impression considering it’s short running time…The economy of the writing is enviable: the characters and their situations hit the stage fully formed and with no words wasted.
- Writer/Director and Co-Producer:
- Naomi Sumner Chan
- Mike Heath
- Seth Daniels
- Rachel Creamer
- Victoria Tunnah
- Fiona Organ
- Barney Cooper
- Lucy Hird
One Flesh is a full length play about Evangelical Christianity and the culture’s beliefs and practices relating to marriage with a focus on same sex marriage. Produced in partnership with The Proud Trust as part of LGBT History Month 2016 the play first toured the North West in Feb/March 2016 with support from Arts Council England.
I attended the first performance at Manchester’s LGBT Centre on 27th February, and was deeply moved by the performance. Although I had seen the script, its impact didn’t become fully clear until seeing it live.A Brave Faith
- Andrew Fillis
- Mike Heath for Write For The Stage
- Stage Manager:
- Ellie Whitfield
- Foot In The Door intern:
- Georgie Sykes
- Ethan Rogers
- Natasha Davidson
- Jo Hinton
This one act play explored the boundaries of teacher-pupil relationships and the effects of “safeguarding culture.” PASS was selected to be one of ten plays performed at the prestigious Manchester 24:7 Theatre Festival in 2014 and nominated for the Vicky Allen award for best new play.
Some very good performances from Ethan Rogers as Jake, Natasha Davidson as Maddie and Johanna Hinton as Louise together with some snappy dialogue and a clear plot make this an entertaining piece.The British Theatre Guide
Pass bursts out of the starting blocks for the tenth 24:7 festival with an edgy and hip presentation of an age old theme…there’s so many layers packed into the hour it’s fit to bursting.The Good Review