Black Theatre Live


Mountains: The Dreams Of Lily Kwok

A Royal Exchange Theatre, Yellow Earth and Black Theatre Live co-production.

by In-Sook Chappell. 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.

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.

The performance includes live cooking on stage.

“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


Listen to some of show's beautiful score, composed by Ruth Chan, on SOUNDCLOUD

Read the BLOGS from the shows creative team


長於英國的香港女子Helen在首次回港時闖進了外祖母 Lily Kwok的過去。揭示了外祖母從香港走到英國,更為建立曼徹斯特(Manchester)著名餐廳SweetMandarin在背後默默付出的女性故事。

得奬劇作家In-Sook Chappell最新劇作。以獨特而富有深意的劇場風格訴說香港女華僑在曼徹斯特的故事。

改編自香港作家謝海玲 (Helen Tse)暢銷小說,也是她的家庭回憶錄。


The UK tour of Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok is sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, London (HKETO).   Director-General of the HKETO, Priscilla To said: "We are pleased to be supporting this play portraying the lives of three generations of women as their family moves from Hong Kong to Manchester.  It is a bittersweet tale of finding oneself, of trials and tribulations overcome by valour, determination and familial love.  It is a classic and moving tale highlighting the resilience, resourcefulness and indefatigability that characterises Hong Kong people."