Seeking inspiration from celebrated restraunteur and author Helen Tse’s (MBE) memoir Sweet Mandarin, In-Sook Chappell’s Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwokplaces a spotlight on Helen’s grandmother, Lily, a woman from modest beginnings in China who would later establish one of the first Chinese restaurants within the UK, located near Manchester. Her legacy lives on thanks to her three granddaughters, including Helen. Read on to find out more about the creation of the play!
Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwokwill shortly start its UK tour, how are you feeling ahead of the run?
I’m really excited that the show will be able to be seen across the country. It’s a fantastic story that hasn’t been told and we’re going to be playing in some great theatres including the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, which is the theatre I went to as a child.