SAME SAME DIFFERENT is a new verbatim play about adoption, identity and belonging; sharing stories gathered from adoptees living all over the world.   


By Naomi Sumner Chan

A Slate commission by Eclipse Theatre

In  partnership with York Theatre Royal and Pilot Theatre
Directed by Alyx Tole

Produced by Benedict Power

SAME SAME DIFFERENT is a new verbatim play by Naomi Sumner Chan, exploring adoption, identity and belonging; sharing stories gathered from adoptees around the world.

Inspired by Naomi’s own experiences as a Trans-racial adoptee, adopted from Hong Kong into a White British family, the play reveals what it’s like to grow up in a family and community who don’t look like you. Adoptees of all ages are given the opportunity to share their stories in their own words, reflecting on what they perceive to be the similarities and differences between themselves and their family members.

The play asks: does nature or nurture most influence a person’s identity? What makes you, you?

SAME SAME DIFFERENT first toured to venues across the north of England in Spring 2019 with the following cast and creative team.

NAOMI – Houmi Miura

MOTHER – Paula Henstock

FATHER – Duggal Ram

SON – Stefan Gumbs

DAUGHTER – Kattreya Scheurer-Smith

Touring Stage Manager – Osian Griffiths

Set and Costume Design – Irene Jade

Sound Design – Dan Pyke

Dramaturg – Philip Osment

Photo Credit: Loki Photography