Deborah Bruce's play Same explores the apparent gulf between the young and old, and asks if it is as wide as it feels, or whether we are fundamentally the same inside whatever age we are. It was commissioned as part of the 2014 National Theatre Connections Festival and premiered by youth theatres across the UK.
The play's action takes place in an old people’s home in a small town. When Josie, a resident in the home, dies her grandchildren gather to share their memories of her, and her fellow residents feel the effects of her death as her funeral takes place.
An author's note included in the script states that, 'Depending on the number of actors, there can be doubling between the young and old characters. Or not. The older characters were originally written to be played by teenagers with the intention that it enables the audience to see the young person inside the old.'