From Shore to Shore


漂洋过海 – Three journeys – three stories based on the true life accounts of people in the Chinese community in the North of England.


From Shore to Shore / 漂洋过海

by Mary Cooper with MW Sun

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 and multilingual collaborator MW Sun have woven together stories of love and loss, struggle and survival into a powerful drama. Blending English, Mandarin and Cantonese, From Shore to Shore tells the untold stories of Chinese communities in the UK.

From Shore to Shore website.


“**** This rich, dreamlike play feeds body and soul as it chronicles the complex lives of migrants from China.” Mark Fisher, The Guardian

“ A smartly staged, eloquently performed production.” [这是一部精心制作,有震撼力的作品] – The Stage

“ Finally, somebody starts to talk about our stories.” [终于有人讲述我们的故事了] – Fan Wu

About the Authors

Mary Cooper

Award-winning writer, Mary Cooper, has written extensively for theatre, radio and television. She has written more than 30 stage plays which have been commissioned and toured by theatre companies throughout England and Wales. For radio, she has written seven single plays and a ten part series for BBC Radio Four. For screen, her short film Missing Out won the IVCA Award for Best Drama and for television she was a winner in the Granada/Yorkshire New Voices scheme.

MW Sun

MW Sun 孙培德 was born in Shanghai but grew up in Hong Kong. She is a former news journalist reporting for the BBC, CNBC and Radio Television Hong Kong in London, China, Hong Kong and Singapore. Her short play, Arachnophobia, was produced by Yellow Earth Theatre. She is currently working on a commissioned new play and a novel.