MOUNTAINS: The Dreams of Lily Kwok
Lily Kwok’s is our grandmother and her story has been made into a play that has been adapted from the book Sweet Mandarin by Helen Tse. The play has sold out in Manchester Royal Exchange and has had excellent reviews. It’s also remarkably the first ever true story told about a British Chinese family. The lead roles are played by East Asian actresses and actors, the music by the talented Ruth Chan, the director the sought after Jennifer Tan, the playwright is In-Sook Chappell and the book by the first British Born Chinese author. It’s a first on many levels. I hope you will support these talented folks. Finally through this play, the East Asian voice can be heard. Her curry sauce was served to the likes of Cliff Richard, The Hollies and the Beatles in her first restaurant in Middleton, Manchester.
REVIEWS OF MOUNTAINS: THE DREAMS OF LILY KWOK
(NEW THEATRE PLAY BASED ON LILY KWOK’S LIFE STORY
“Visually arresting, admirably unflinching depiction of an extraordinary real-life success story”
The Stage ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Chappell’s script is a triumph, showcasing not only strong women, but strong East Asian women..immensely moving, humbling and inspiring story.”
The Reviews Hub ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“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”
Manchester Theatre Award ⭐⭐⭐⭐
A Royal Exchange Theatre, Yellow Earth and Black Theatre Live co-production.
By In-Sook Chappell. Directed by Jennifer Tang. Based on the memoir Sweet Mandarinby Helen Tse
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. Amidst the skyscrapers and bustling streets of Hong Kong, she meets her grandmother, Lily Kwok, and steps into a past of shocking family secrets that will change her life forever.
This 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 three generations held together with one lifeline- food.
“A gripping tale of struggle, laughter, love and food… with a universal story of survival that will move your soul” Celebrity Chef Ken Hom on Sweet Mandarin
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