Mula, who describes herself as a ‘third culture kid’, was born in Galway, Ireland to an Irish mother and Mauritian father, lived much of her childhood in Saudi Arabia and has spent most of her adult life in London.
Same Same is the story of a young woman on the eve of her 21st birthday. Adopted and mixed race, Asha is on a continuing journey to work out who she is. Somewhere else in the same city a British-Indian woman, Nid, is reflecting on the decision she made when she was 21 – a decision that would have an irrevocable effect on the lives of these two women.
The production is brought to the stage by theatre company fanSHEN who received the Young Angels Theatremakers award in 2010. Starring actresses Bharti Patel and Zoe Nicole as the lead characters, with Joseph Radcliffe in a supporting role, Same Same is a lyrical exploration of what is, what was and what could have been through the minds of two women who are strangers, and yet whose past, present and future are inextricably entwined.
Speaking about the unusual structure of the play, Director, Rachel Briscoe says: “The structure of Same Same is fractured to mirror the issues within the story – Asha’s attempts to construct something concrete from the little information she has about her heritage. Same Same is a play about subjective realities: what is imagined is far more powerful than anything that could happen in the real world. The non-naturalistic staging of the play and the way we use sound and light will guide the audience through the play’s intricate interweaving narratives.”
Speaking of the relevance of staging this production now Briscoe adds:
“It is ten years since the “mixed race” category appeared on the census. It is now the fastest growing ethnic group in the UK. Almost 10 per cent of children in the UK live in a family which describes itself as mixed race and yet this demographic is still practically invisible on stage and screen where representations of diversity most often manifest in neat communities of black, white or Asian people; the reality is far more complex. While the BBC’s ongoing Mixed Race Britain season has started to redress this invisibility on screen, Same Same explodes these issues onstage: a live lyrical journey through the nuances of Asha’s identity.”