Same Same Different is inspired by Naomi Sumner Chan’s own experiences as a trans-racial adoptee, having been adopted from Hong Kong in the 1980s into a white British family. This new verbatim play gives adoptees from all over the world the opportunity to share their stories in their own words and reveal what it’s like to grow up in a family and community who might look very different to themselves.
Naomi invites the audience to share in an exploration of her personal and cultural identity and connect with many other adoptive families and individuals that she meets along the way. Rather than focusing on the adoption process, the play explores what growing up in an adoptive family is like for an adoptee and what happens after the ‘happy ending’ of going home to your ‘forever family’. Adoption isn’t the end of the story but the start of a whole new life!
By focusing on what adoptees perceive as the similarities and differences between themselves and their family members, Naomi asks: what makes you, you? A question that leads her closer to where she feels she belongs.
Commissioned by Eclipse Theatre in partnership with York Theatre Royal and Pilot Theatre.
A Q&A will be held after the show.