The Dreams of Lily Kwok comes to Stratford Circus Arts Centre April 2018

A co-production with Yellow Earth Theatre and Royal Exchange Manchester, the adaptation of family memoir Sweet Mandarin will be the first major mid-scale tour of a British East Asian play.

Black Theatre Live with Yellow Earth Theatre in association with Royal Exchange Theatre presents.

Mountains – The Dreams of Lily Kwok, tells the extraordinary story of the three generations of women behind famous Manchester restaurant Sweet Mandarin comes to Stratford Circus from Wednesday 18 – Saturday 21 April. Based on Helen Tse’s family memoir, the show will include live cooking onstage and the show is led by an all-female creative team. Helen has grown up in the UK, but always felt a piece of her story was missing. When she visits her mother’s birthplace in Hong Kong for the first time, she’s 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, discovering shocking family secrets that will change her life forever.



Touring in Spring 2018, Mountains – The Dreams of Lily Kwok is the first major mid-scale tour of a British East Asian play. It is the seventh Black Theatre Live show following the Autumn tour of Big Foot, Britain’s first all-black Hamlet, new play She Called Me Mother, one-woman show The Diary of a Hounslow Girl, Inua Ellam’s An Evening with an Immigrant and Macbeth. The show will tour the consortium’s eight venues across England, which have come together to commission and showcase excellent theatre from BAME companies.

Written by In-Sook Chappell Directed by Jennifer Tang

Produced by Black Theatre Live, Yellow Earth Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange

Booking: 020 8279 1080 /

Performances: Wednesday 18 – Saturday 21 April 7pm (2pm Saturday)

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