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[On tour] In-Sook Chappell’s Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok

Korean-born adoptee In-Sook Chappell has a major new play going on tour for 10 weeks. Catch it if you can. The playwright comments: “I was born in Korea and came to the UK as a baby and was brought up as English. Because of this I am interested in how immigrants often erase a part of themselves to fit in. I’m also fascinated by identity and the importance of connection to your original culture. I believe it’s important to know your family history because to some extent we are our mother’s and grandmother’s stories.”

Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok

By In-Sook Chappell. Directed by Jennifer Tang. 
Based on the memoir Sweet Mandarin by Helen Tse
A Royal Exchange Theatre, Yellow Earth and Black Theatre Live co-production.
On tour, starting in Manchester on 22 March, ending in Coventry on 2 June – tour dates listed below.

Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok

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.

Sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office.

Tour dates

(click on links to buy tickets)

22 Mar – 7 April Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
St Ann’s Square, Manchester, M2 7DH | 0161 8339833

18 – 21 Apr Stratford Circus Arts Centre, London
Theatre Square, Stratford, London, E15 1BX | 020 8279 1080

24 – 25 Apr Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, 1P33 1QR | 01284 769 505

27 – 28 Apr Lighthouse, Poole
21 Kingland Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1UG | 01202 280 000

1 – 2 May Key Theatre, Peterborough
Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF | 01733 207 239

5 May Theatre Royal Margate
Addington Street, Margate, CT9 1PW | 01843 292 795

10 – 12 May Derby Theatre
15 Theatre Walk, St Peter’s Quarter, Derby, DE1 2NF | 01332 593 939

16 – 19 May Watford Palace Theatre
20 Clarendon Road, Watford, WD17 1JZ | 01923 225 671

21 – 23 May Sheffield Crucible Theatre
55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1AD | 0114 249 6000

24 – 25 May Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham
Beaumont Street, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3LS | 01434 652 477

30 May – 2 June Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
Belgrade Square, Coventry, CV1 1GS | 024 7655 3055

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