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Dramatic true life story is aired on stage

Siu-See Hung (Helen) and Tina Chiang (Lily) in Mountains - The Dreams of Lily Kwok. Photo by Jonathan Keenan.
Siu-See Hung (Helen) and Tina Chiang (Lily) in Mountains - The Dreams of Lily Kwok. Photo by Jonathan Keenan.

A new play charts the extraordinary life of Lily Kwok who worked in a silk factory as a child and was forced to leave her children when she escaped from Hong Kong for England.

Entitled Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok, the play moves from heartwarming highs to catastrophic lows as it recounts the true story of the women behind the famous Manchester restaurant Sweet Mandarin.

Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok asks questions about what you give up to fit in, and what you leave behind to move forward. The restaurant’s famous Mabel’s Chicken Pot will be cooked live onstage.

The play was penned by written by In-Sook Chappel, based on Helen Tse’s family memoir Sweet Mandarin,

Catch the show at Sheffield’s Crucible Studio Theatre from May 21 to 23.