Sweet Mandarin

Pants Theatre Production
2020.10.09 - 2020.10.11

“You want to be a chef, instead of a lawyer?!” Helen’s father is stunned.

Catering is probably the most common business in the overseas Chinese community. The older Chinese generation labors day and night in order to free their younger generation of the chore of the kitchen. Helen, a British born Chinese, against all expectation leaves her lawyer job to set up her own restaurant. She discovers that her family cuisines are not only tasty but also full of dramatic stories, spanning almost a hundred years and crossing from Guangzhou via Hong Kong to England.

Helen Tse was awarded MBE for her contribution to the food and catering industry in UK in 2014. Her latest cookbook Dim Sum became a Times bestseller. In 2006, she put the remarkable journey of her family and her own into Sweet Mandarin, which was published in 33 countries to great acclaim. Pants Theatre Production’s Sweet Mandarin premiered in 2015, and was featured in Hong Kong Theatre Month in Shanghai 1862 Theatre.

Diaspora is derived from Greek, which means “I scatter”, a state of being torn between one’s roots and feeling alienated in a foreign culture. Hong Kong is unique in its geographical and historical background, being the point of contact between east and west for 150 years. Hong Kongers’ identity was shaped during the colonial period and continues to change in the post-colonial era. Where is our root? Where do we belong?

  • This programme is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes without intermission.
  • Suitable for ages 6 or above.
  • In Cantonese and English with Chinese and English surtitles.
  • Hong Kong Arts Development Council reserves the right to add, withdraw or substitute artists and/or vary advertised programmes and seating arrangements.

Original Author: Helen Tse

Playwright: Cheang Tik-ki

Director: Wu Hoi-fai


Wong Hiu-yee

Ko Siu-man

Yuen Hau-wing

Law Ching-sum

Tam On-ting*

Ben So

Producer: Poon Oi-ting

Assistant Producer: Danver Chan

Choreographer and Movement Director: Lui Yuen-wai

Assistant Choreographer and Movement Director: Liu Heung-man

Set & Costume Designer: Suen Wing-kwun

Assistant Set & Costume Designer: Giu Yuen-man

Lighting Designer: Cheng Hoe-ling Sarah

Composer & Sound Designer: Ho Tsz-yeung

* The Artistic Internship Scheme is supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council

House Programme

Appreciation Guide

Further Reading

Hongkongers have a “hybrid” identity — a combination of Western and Chinese

Pants Theatre Production’s Sweet Mandarin tells the story of the remarkable journey of three sisters who are the third-generation descendants of Hong Kong immigrants. Born and raised in the UK, they were uncomfortable with their Chinese identity until a family trip to Hong Kong changed their minds. While the play is about various generations of diasporas being torn between their roots and the society in which they live, Wu Hoi-fai, Artistic Director of Pants Theatre Production and the director of the play, did not expect its rerun in 2020 would come in the midst of such an unstable political climate. “To go, or not to go – that is the question.”


Theatre, Sheung Wan Civic Centre

2020.10.09 19:30
2020.10.10 19:30
2020.10.11 14:30


  • Special Discount for Sweet Mandarin
    Buy 2 or more standard tickets of Sweet Mandarin to enjoy 10% off discount (any session)
  • 50% off
    Full-time Students / Senior Citizens Aged 60 or Above / People with Disabilities & the Minder


  • Package Discount 20% off
    Each purchase of standard tickets for any two or more performances


  • 50% off
    Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Recipients
  • 60% off
    The 12th “Arts Ambassadors-in-School Scheme” (AAiSS) students

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