From Shore to Shore / Piao Yang Guo Hai

Written By Mary Cooper
In collaboration with M. W. Sun
Director: David K. S. Tse


WRITER - Mary Cooper

Award-winning writer, Mary Cooper, has written extensively for theatre, radio and television. She has led creative writing workshops and devised plays in a wide variety of settings from theatres, schools, and universities to prisons, community centres and care homes. As a mentor she has recently worked for Yellow Earth, Mind The Gap, and Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah.

Her work for the stage has been performed and/or commissioned by companies throughout England and Wales including Freedom Studios, Ludus Dance, Northumberland Theatre Company, Clean Break, tutti frutti, Eastern Angles, Red Ladder, Theatr Powys, Theatr Clywd Outreach, M6 Theatre Company, Asian Co-operative Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse Touring Company, Sheffield Crucible Education, Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, Action Transport, Ellesmere Port, Watford Palace Theatre in Education, Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke, Half Moon YPT, London and Remould Theatre, Hull.

She has been commissioned to write seven single plays and a ten part series for BBC Radio. Her latest radio play, A Click Away was broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in April 2012.

In 2010 she won the IVCA Award for Best Drama with her short film, Missing Out, originally written for Clean Break Theatre and produced by Knifedge Productions. This was one of a trilogy of dramas commissioned by Action For Prisoners’ Families alongside Homeward Bound (2007/8) and Family Business (2009).

Her recent work for young people includes Clueless, a single-voice play for M6 Theatre, which toured in 2016 with support from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in the North West. This has also been made into a short film and training pack to support mental health education in schools nationally. Also in 2016 Mary worked with Mind The Gap Theatre on the Daughters of Fortune project about learning disabled parents.

Her recent devising and community projects include Talking Pictures (2015) for the Stanley and Audrey Burton Art Gallery, Leeds, in which she led community workshops to create short audio dramas in response to artworks. She also helped to create Riverlution, (2015) an exhibition of words and pictures for the Sharing Memories project in Kirklees.

Her stage play Breathing Space was sponsored by the British Council to be performed at the Toronto Young People’s Theatre Festival. As a result of this it was nominated for a DORA, the major theatre award in Canada.

Wobbly Eggs, her first radio play, was short-listed for the Richard Imison Award, and the Mental Health in the Media Awards. For television, Alarmed, written with Peter Spafford, was a winner in the Granada/Yorkshire Television New Voices Scheme. She has taught scriptwriting at Huddersfield University, Leeds University, Maddingley Hall, Cambridge University, the Arvon Foundation and others. She is now a Senior Lecturer at Bolton University teaching Creative Writing.


MW Sun was born in Shanghai, China and grew up in Hong Kong. She came to England in her late teens and took a B.A. in Linguistics at the University of York. For many years she worked as a news journalist in radio and television for the BBC, CNBC, and Radio Television Hong Kong in London, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong and China. She has also worked in marketing and public relations for major corporations in the U.S and Hong Kong.

Since moving to the UK six years ago she has had two short plays produced by Yellow Earth Theatre. She has completed her M.A. in Creative Writing at Manchester University. She is currently working on her first novel and a new play. Mimi speaks English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.

DIRECTOR - David K.S. Tse 謝家聲

David read law at university before training as an actor (Rose Bruford), director (Leicester Haymarket) and screenwriter (Screen East, B3 Media).  He was Founder-Artistic Director of (YET) for 13 years and Founder-Creative Director of (now CAN) for 11 years, commissioning a wide variety of British Chinese/East Asian artists and artforms, including multimedia production Project New Earth (about WW1’s Chinese Labour Corps) and contemporary new sculpture commission Five Peaks.

Theatre directing credits include Song Unsung (Southbank/UK tour); From Shore to Shore (Freedom Studios/UK tour); Hong Kong Impressions (Theatre Noir); Piccadilly Revisited (Beijing/HK/LDN); White Snake (E15); Running the Silk Road (Barbican/UK tour); King Lear (RSC/Shanghai/UK tour); The Nightingale (HK Arts Festival/UK tour); Animal Farm (Denmark); Pangu & Nuwa and Chinese Two-Step (Trafalgar Sq); 58, Lear's Daughters, The Butcher's Skin, Rashomon (YET UK tour); Kensuke's Kingdom (Polka Theatre); Play to Win (Soho Theatre/Sainsbury’s Checkout Theatre Award/UK tour); Dance & the Railroad, House of Sleeping Beauties (Leicester Haymarket); Behind the Takeaway (ICA/BAC); New Territories (Time Out Critics’ Choice/UK tour). Short film directing credits include Orange Parakeets (Indie) & In Your Words (National Maritime Museum). He is developing his first feature Yellow Poppy.

As an actor, he features in Netflix’s Tokyo Trial (International Emmy Award nominee); the upcoming film Paradise War and upcoming TV series Chimerica, Devs and Hollywood. He has workshopped new plays at the National Theatre and Royal Court; worked as Special Adviser to the RSC for their Chinese Classics Project; and will act in the upcoming Sheffield Crucible production of The Life of Pi.

COMPOSER - Nicola Chang

Nicola has composed jazz, orchestral and electronic scores for independent films, theatre productions and commercial trailers across the UK, US and Asia. She has been playing percussion and piano for 15 years, and has performed at the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall as a concert percussionist.

She holds a MMus in Composition from King's College London and is also a cast-member of the international theatrical hit STOMP! World Tour. Additionally, she is a composer and Musical Director attached to Youth Music Theatre UK.


Based in Gateshead, Pui Lee is a British-born Hakka Chinese artist, working throughout the North of England on community engagement and arts education projects for established museums and galleries as well as undertaking other creative commissions.

Arriving at set design from a background of Fine Art, her work is inspired by process, material and space, focussing on the interaction between audience and environment, object and performer. "From Shore to Shore" by On the Wire productions is her first major project and Pui has also recently been successfully selected to receive a grant by Arts Council England to further her own creative research into theatre set design.

Trained in a multitude of disciplines, her artistic practice is wide-ranging and she works using an interdisciplinary approach across both traditional and contemporary 2D and 3D artforms. Previous lines of enquiry include investigating the human condition but essentially, it is creative problem-solving, experimentation and working with materials that lies at the heart of her practice. Over the years, Pui Lee has exhibited and sold work both nationally and internationally; and she is also a dedicated martial artist outside of the studio.


Doug Kuhrt has been a theatre lighting designer for over 20 years. He has lit shows in London's West End, on Broadway and at London's National Theatre and lit numerous UK tours, large and small, plus shows in China, Hong Kong, Canada and Europe.

He has also designed the lighting for 2 shows for Cbeebies, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest.

"... set and costumes and Douglas Kuhrt's lighting evoke time and place with attractively spare efficiency." 

The New York Times, The Pitmen Painters, Ben Brantley 

STAGE MANAGER - Sabina Smith

Sabina Smith has been working in Stage Management since 2001 when she graduated from Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh.  She has worked on a multitude of productions including children's theatre, educational theatre, site-specific, regional theatre, UK and International touring theatre.

PRODUCER - Deborah Dickinson

Deborah is a freelance Creative Producer and a dedicated supported of new writing initiatives. She has worked very closely with Mary over the past three years to support the development of From Shore to Shore / Pia Yang Guo Hai.

She worked for fifteen years as a television researcher and producer, starting off at the BBC and then as a freelancer for independent companies including Day-Lewis Productions and Island World Productions.

Deborah moved her producing skills to theatre and worked for Full Body and the Voice, a theatre company for adults with learning difficulties for six years producing five national touring shows and gaining regularly funded organisation status from the Arts Council and annual funding from Kirklees Council. The success of the company was recognized with an Arts & Business ‘Creative Business Award’ and a Creative Community Award.

She joined Freedom Studios theatre company in 2009 and took over as Chief Executive and Creative Producer in 2011, producing a range of ambitious and exciting events for the company including artistic development programmes  - Street Voices for emerging writers and a number of large-scale site-specific productions including the acclaimed The Mill- City of Dreams, Home Sweet Home and Brief Encounters at Bradford Interchange.

Deborah was Associate Producer at the Octagon Theatre from 2015 to 2018, which included curating and producing the annual Reveal Festival, a platform for artists to showcase their work inside, outside and online.

As a freelance producer credits include #ChipShoptheMusical, (Emma Hill Writes) Flight, (Nuzhat Ali) and A Hidden History (Daniel Foulds).