Mountains - The Dreams of Lily Kwok

Yellow Earth, Royal Exchange Theatre and Black Theatre Live present

Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok

By In-Sook Chappell Based on the memoir Sweet Mandarin by Helen Tse

Wednesday 30 May to Sat 2 June 2018

  • Presented at B2 stage
  • Tickets: £12 & £14.50 Concessions: £9 - £12.50

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I invited you into my past… And you invited me into your future.

Helen has grown up in the UK, but always felt a piece of her story was missing.

Visiting her mother’s birthplace of Hong Kong for the first time, she is determined to find out who she really is and where she belongs. Amidst the skyscrapers and bustling streets, she meets her grandmother, Lily Kwok, and steps into her past where she discovers shocking family secrets that will change her life forever.

This stylish and evocative new play by award winning writer In-Sook Chappell, tells the extraordinary story of the women behind the famous Manchester restaurant Sweet Mandarin. Based on Helen Tse’s bestselling family memoir of passion sacrifice and survival across three generations held together with one lifeline – food.

Please note: the show contains scenes which some audience members may find distressing, including scenes of torture and attempted rape.

“A gripping tale of struggle, laughter, love and food … with a universal story of survival that will move your soul” Ken Hom on Sweet Mandarin

Running time: 2 hours including interval

Sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office

Wed 30 May 7:45pm
Thu 31 May 7:45pm
Fri 1 Jun 7:45pm
Sat 2 Jun 2:30pm
Sat 2 Jun 7:45pm

“A remarkable production that combines a cleverly structured script with outstanding performances and an impressive set to tell a compelling story of one woman’s life”


“An enjoyable, piquant play in Jennifer Tang’s bustling production…. a fine ensemble”


“Visually arresting, admirably unflinching depiction of an extraordinary real-life success story”


“Chappell’s script is a triumph, showcasing not only strong women, but strong East Asian women…. immensely moving, humbling and inspiring story


“A fascinating story of survival and determination”


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