DANDELIONS

(In Development)

A verbatim theatre project combining live performance, photography and film to share the experiences of three generations of British military children.

The inspiration for this project (apart from Naomi’s own background as an army brat) comes from a quote that states the official flower of the military child is a Dandelion because they travel all over the world, put down roots wherever they end up and are resilient.

What is it like to live in different countries, move house and school every 2-3 years, make and lose friends or be separated from a parent for an extended period of time? Do these military families see themselves as resilient or is this way of life just “normal?”

This project received funding from The Lowry as one of their Untitled Commissions for 2020.

YELLOW EARTH WRITERS PROGRAMME NORTH WEST

Yellow Earth Academy is a fully funded intensive course for British East Asians*(16+).

Since 2010, Yellow Earth has offered British East Asians* a free intensive acting programme in partnership with ALRA. In 2018 the programme was extended to include a course in Birmingham in partnership with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. For 2020 the Academy is coming to Manchester and there will be not only a performers course but a writers course too.

Naomi will be leading the writers course which runs from April to October 2020 with sessions being held at The Royal Exchange Theatre. Participants will attend monthly workshops where they will learn the skills they need to write a short piece of live performance. They will also visit the Greater Manchester Theatres supporting this project,including The Lowry, HOME, Royal Exchange Theatre and STUN, to watch performances and meet industry professionals.

For more information about Yellow Earth Academy visit yellowearth.org/writers-academy-manchester

*East Asian descent includes: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, North Korea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and their Diasporas.

BANANA SPLIT

by Naomi Sumner Chan

Lancaster

Director:
Alex Summers
WHITE NAOMI:
Emily Stott
CHINESE NAOMI:
Houmi Miura

Scarborough

Director:
Chelsey Gillard
WHITE NAOMI:
Lydia Waller
CHINESE NAOMI:
Houmi Miura

BANANA SPLIT is Naomi’s new play in development where she reveals what it’s like to grow up as someone caught between being both British and Chinese, never really fully belonging to either culture. Drawing on episodes from childhood right up to the present day she exposes the “everyday” racism and “othering” people of colour continue to face in 21st century Britain.

BANANA SPLIT was shortlisted for The Lancaster Playwriting Prize 2018. An extract from the play was performed script in hand at the awards ceremony at The Dukes Theatre in Lancaster at the end of October 2018. A rehearsed reading of the full play took place at The Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough in September 2019.

Museum of Colour

People of Letters Project

The Museum of Colour is a National Heritage Lottery funded online museum celebrating the lives of artists of colour from 1766-2016. It is delivered by People’s Palace Projects and People of Letters is the first exhibition.

The Museum was launched on Friday 20th September 2019 at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford with readings of original work created in response to items in their collection by 10 writers including Grace Nichols, Kei Miller, Bernadine Evaristo, Colin Grant and Naomi Sumner Chan.

To read Naomi’s poem commissioned for this event visit here.