By Naomi Summer Chan
Same Same Different is inspired by Naomi’s own experiences as a transracial 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. The focus of the piece is what the contributors perceive as the similarities and differences between themselves and their family members and how both nature and nurture influence identity.
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’.