SAME SAME DIFFERENT
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