MOUNTAINS: The Dreams of Lily Kwok

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 Mandarin by 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.


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"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 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