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Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok tells the extraordinary story of the three generations of women behind the famous Manchester restaurant, Sweet Mandarin. It’s coming to the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre in May.

Helen has grown up in the UK, but always felt a piece of her 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. Written by In-Sook Chappell and directed by Jennifer Tang this features an all-female creative team and is based on Helen Tse’s family memoir. And – get this! – the show will also feature live cooking on stage which will add another layer of authenticity to the performance (and that layer in full: absolutely mouth-watering aromas). In-Sook Chappell: “I hope the audience will be entertained, that they will have laughed, cried and been moved. Lily is someone who has been overlooked all her life and people like Lily’s voices aren’t often heard. I hope people really empathise and identify with her and go away thinking about her extraordinary life.” 

Mountains: The Dreams Of Lily Kwok, Thursday 24 & Friday 25 May, Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham, 7.30pm, £7.50-£14.50. queenshall.co.uk