From Shore to Shore is touring the UK from 9th March to 6th April 2019.


Three stories, three lives, three journeys, to find a place called home.


Cheung Wing is escaping from war, Mei Lan’s had enough of the potato peeler, and Yi Di wants the impossible; her parents’ approval.

Award-winning writer, Mary Cooper, with multilingual collaborator, MW Sun, has drawn on real life stories of love and loss, struggle and survival, to create a powerful new drama with live music and accompanied by
great food.

Taking place in a restaurant, with a delicious two course Chinese meal, From Shore to Shore blends English, Mandarin and Cantonese to tell the untold stories of Chinese communities in the UK.

Directed by critically-acclaimed, David K S Tse, working with a cast of seven actor-musicians.

As part of the From Shore to Shore project, bespoke workshops including bilingual creative writing, book-making and story-telling will run in Manchester, Liverpool, Lancaster, Newcastle and Birmingham.
Details of workshops coming soon


"I first became interested in telling the untold stories of my local Chinese community in 2010 when I was leading The Writers Pathway, a course for emerging Chinese writers run by the Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester, the Arvon Foundation and the University of Bolton. The extraordinary stories I heard and the diversity of voices within the Chinese diaspora made me realise how little I knew of the experiences of the Chinese communities in the UK. Despite being the fastest growing ethnic group in the UK, their stories and voices were largely invisible and unvoiced within the cultural mainstream. Writer and broadcaster, MW Sun, was a student on the Writers’ Pathway and, like me, felt that the time had come for these communities to be heard and seen. Five years down the line, I hope we can begin to do that.

We have been amazed by the trust that has been placed in us and hope that we have captured some of the hidden lives of those we have spoken to."

—Mary Cooper

Mary Cooper

Mary Cooper has written extensively for theatre, radio and screen. She has been commissioned to write more than 20 plays for theatre companies throughout England and Wales and has had seven single plays and a ten part series broadcast on BBC Radio Four. Her screenplays have also been broadcast on Channel Four and ITV. Her work has been nominated for a Sony Award, a DORA award in Canada, a Mental Health in the Media Award and the Richard Imison Award. Her short film Missing Out won Best Drama 2010 in the IVCA Awards and she has been a winner in the Granada TV New Voices competition. She also writes poetry, teaches at the University of Bolton and runs community writing projects. She’s never been to China – but lives in hope that one day she’ll go Shore to Shore herself.


MW Sun

Mimi Webster Lam was born in China and came to the UK in her late teens. She has a Linguistics degree from York University and speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and English. Mimi is an experienced news journalist and broadcaster and has worked in London, New York, Singapore and Hong Kong. Mimi took the Writers Pathway Course and has since completed an M.A. in Creative Writing at Manchester University. Two of her scripts have been developed by Yellow Earth Theatre Company and she is currently completing her first novel, ‘The Mountains Between Us’.


David K.S. Tse 謝家聲 (Director) is a British Chinese actor, writer and director based in London and Hong Kong. He read law at university before training as an actor at Rose Bruford. In 1996, he was the first British Chinese to train as a director on an Arts Council bursary at the Leicester Haymarket. He was founder-Artistic Director of Yellow Earth Theatre and coined the widely-adopted phrase “British East Asian” to define the sector; later, he became founder-Creative Director of Chinese Arts Space (rebranded Chinese Arts Now). He nurtured BEA artists and grew both organisations, securing revenue-funding from the Arts Council to provide an invaluable platform for hundreds of different BEA artists and young people in theatre, music, dance, video and visual arts. Now he works freelance.

He presented 5 episodes of Beyond the Takeaway on Radio 4 about BBC (British Born Chinese) lives. David won the Windrush Arts Award, the inaugural Pearl Award and the Sainsbury’s Checkout Theatre Award for creative contribution to the diversity of British theatre. He was awarded Fellowship of Rose Bruford College in 2007, after his bilingual adaptation / direction of King Lear in Shanghai and at the RSC. A decade later, David’s first feature, Yellow Poppy, was selected for development by the Shanghai International Film Festival. In 2018, he won the inaugural Bi’an Chinese Writers’ Award for Screenwriting. The year marked a turning point for better quality screen roles for David; he also set his sights on becoming a filmmaker.