Naomi Sumner Chan | ‘MAKE’ Slate Commission

"I was surprised and thrilled to find out that I was going to be working with Eclipse on the next stage of work for SAME SAME DIFFERENT. This work is extremely close to me - I was born in Hong Kong but adopted into a white-British family - and I had always wanted to create a piece as told by the kids in these situations. The commission and invaluable support that comes with it will allow me to develop the show and craft it into a story that I hope to be ready to share publicly in 2019."

Naomi is a Manchester based playwright, dramaturg and theatre maker.

She established Brush Stroke Order which provides workshops and mentoring to those who write for performance. Her work has been performed at Manchester 24:7 Theatre Festival, Oldham Coliseum, Theatre 503 and Arcola Theatre. Having completed the BBC Northern Voices writers course, she is currently writing her first TV drama script.

She also recently took part in The National Theatre’s Step Change Programme and is currently one of the ADLP “Leaders of Tomorrow”, a professional development programme for BAME cultural leaders. 

Eclipse, Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal present:
Written by Naomi Sumner-Chan

This new verbatim play gives adoptees from all over the world the opportunity to share their adoption story and to reveal what it’s like to grow up in a family or community who might look very different to themselves.

SAME SAME DIFFERENT is inspired by Naomi’s own experiences as a Trans-racial adoptee, adopted from Hong Kong in the 1980s into a White British family. Material for the play was gathered via face to face interviews with adoptees and their families plus an anonymous online survey.

Often adoption narratives are Adoptive Parent centric and focus on the parent’s story or the process of adoption. SAME SAME DIFFERENT puts the adoptee voice centre stage and provides adopted children and adults the opportunity to tell their stories, in their own words.

Naomi hopes the play will explode some of the myths and misconceptions around adoption and that it will help adoptive families struggling with cohesion to feel less alone.

If you would like to support the creation of SAME SAME DIFFERENT you can donate to Naomi's Go Fund Me page at this link.

Follow Naomi:
Twitter: @naomisumner / @BSOwriters
Facebook: /brushstrokeorderVisit Naomi’s website

The play has already had an initial R&D period and will enter a second phase of development during Summer/Autumn 2018 before touring to venues in the North of England in 2019. The intention is then to tour nationally as well as present the play at Adoption conferences/events.

If you want to find out more information or have any questions on Naomi or SAME SAME DIFFERENT, you can get in touch with the Slate Enabler supporting the commission, Degna Stone - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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