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Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok

Black Theatre Live




Showing at

The Main Theatre

Thursday 24 May & Friday 25 May 7.30pm
Tickets: £14.50 / £12.50 (Members / benefit conc) / £7.50 (student)

Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok
by In-Sook Chappell, based on the memoir Sweet Mandarin by Helen Tse, and featuring live cooking on stage.

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.

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

Article in Manchester Evening News

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Black Theatre Live is a pioneering national consortium of 8 regional theatres. Following Black Theatre Lives’ first tours in 2015 of Tara Arts' Macbeth directed by Jatinder Verma, She Called Me Mother starring BAFTA and Golden Globe nominee Cathy Tyson, award winning The Diary of a Hounslow Girl, the UK's first all-black Hamlet in 2016, and An Evening With An Immigrant with Inua Ellams' in spring 2017 prior to his season at the National Theatre, Big Foot with HighRise Theatre in autumn 2017, Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok will be the UK's first ever British East Asian national tour on the mid-scale with Yellow Earth Theatre and the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.

Black Theatre Live is Tara Arts (London), Derby Theatre, Queen’s Hall Arts (Hexham), Theatre Royal Margate, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, Key Theatre (Peterborough), Stratford Circus Arts Centre (London) and the Lighthouse (Poole). Collectively the theatres are committed to effecting lasting change for Black Asian Minority Ethnic theatre through a concerted programme of commissions and touring; and audience and sector development.

Presented by Black Theatre Live with Yellow Earth Theatre in association with Royal Exchange Theatre and supported by Arts Council England, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, John Ellerman Foundation and the Ernest Cook Trust.

Sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office

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