Naomi Sumner Chan

My White Best Friend - North: Naomi Sumner Chan
Naomi's letter will be performed at The Holbeck on Fri 22 Oct. Book tickets.

Naomi Sumner


"I was delighted to be invited to be one of the writers on this project as I loved the original version and the bold, imaginative and challenging work that was created. Rachel came up with such a great concept - giving people of colour space and a way to say stuff they never dated to before.

It’s fab this project has come up North and I can’t wait to share my thoughts and feelings with you. They’ve been a long time coming."

Naomi Sumner Chan is a Manchester based playwright and dramaturg fuelled by salt and vinegar crisps and cups of tea. She leads new writing company Brush Stroke Order working with artists to develop text based work for live performance.

Her work has been performed at theatres across the North of England and in London including York Theatre Royal, CAST, Oldham Coliseum, Arcola Theatre and Theatre 503. 

Her verbatim play about transracial adoption, SAME SAME DIFFERENT, was commissioned by Eclipse Theatre and toured to venues across the North of England in 2019.

Recent projects include Wait I'm From Wuhan, a digital commission for Chinese Arts Now and HOME and developing a TV drama spec script with BBC Writersroom. Current projects include writing an audio tour for Tamasha about Liverpool Chinatown and a commission for series 2 of Radio 4's United Kingdoms project.

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