Tina played the title-role in the world premier of ‘MOUNTAINS: THE DREAMS OF LILY KWOK’ by the award-winning playwright In-Sook Chappell at the Royal Exchange Theatre.

The production sold-out before opening and embarked on a tour to ten venues around England.

‘MOUNTAINS’ was picked by The Stage as a Top five theatre show to see and was critically acclaimed.


“Jennifer Tang’s direction is inspired, giving vivid life to the world of the play and weaving the text into an abstract, but very real, whole” THE SPY IN THE STALLS ★★★★

“Sometimes you come across a production that sizzles metaphorically with contemporary relevance.” THEATRE WEEKLY ★★★★

“A remarkable production that combines a cleverly structured script with outstanding performances and an impressive set to tell a compelling story of one woman’s life”MANCHESTER THEATRE AWARDS ★★★★

“an enjoyable, piquant play in Jennifer Tang’s bustling production…. a fine ensemble” THE GUARDIAN ★★★

“Visually arresting, admirably unflinching depiction of an extraordinary real-life success story” THE STAGE ★★★★

“Chappell’s script is a triumph, showcasing not only strong women, but strong East Asian women…. immensely moving, humbling and inspiring story “ THE REVIEWS HUB ★★★★

“a haunting, touching and funny play which truly does prove that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”  I HEART MANCHESTER

“a raw drive and intensity that permeates the entire play” THE STATE OF THE ARTS

“an absorbing and very affecting meditation on family, identity, and resilience.”  CIRCLES & STALLS

“Reveals that behind this staple of the British dinner plate lurks an extraordinary story that is every bit as nourishing and delicious as the meal being eaten.” THE GREATER MANCHESTER REVIEWER

“a fascinating story of survival and determination” THE BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE


“Seeking inspiration from celebrated restraunteur and author Helen Tse’s (MBE) memoir Sweet Mandarin, In-Sook Chappell’s Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok places 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.” READ THE FULL INTERVIEW THEATRE FULLSTOP