Woking Phoenix

by Silk Bath Collective

WORLD PREMIERE | A Theatre Passe Muraille and Silk Bath Collective Co-Production

Collage and poster design by Emily Jung | Pictured Gloria Mok and Family

“Experience the taste of the Woking Phoenix!”

An epic exploration of two decades of a family’s survival. Woking Phoenix tells the story of three siblings, their mother, and their restaurant as they seek to find belonging within small-town Ontario. An intergenerational Chinese love story about creating community and the food that reminds us of home.

Show Dates

April 12th – April 27th, 2024

Running Time:
minutes with intermission.


All shows
Relaxed Environment
Blind Friendly

Mandarin is spoken and will be translated using surtitles


Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue)



$12 | $35 | $65

  • Mandarin is spoken and English Translations will be projected.
  • Tightly focused lighting states.
  • Flashing Lights
  • Use of Haze
  • Loud and surprising sounds included within the music of the performance and live door slams
  • Repeated & immersive sounds

Family grief, family conflict, implied homophobia, implied violence, implied sexual content, the experience of racism & microaggressions, the use of coarse language and heightened emotional states.

Masks are still strongly encouraged inside the TPM building. There will be select “Mask Mandatory” Performances for this production which are listed below:

*Sun April 21st, 2:00PM
*Wed April 24th, 7:30PM

For more information please take a look at our COVID-19 Protocols

If you would like information on the topics or themes in our productions, or to determine the suggested age for attending a performance, please reach out to our Box Office staff at 416.504.7529 or by email at info@passemuraille.on.ca.

Read the Digital Program

Access Guide

To access the visual story, please click the button below. An Access Guide is a package that aims to support people with communication difficulties, learning disabilities, English as a second language and Autistic People. It can be used to help anyone access and understand the play. The package may include spoilers.

Don't Forget Ma's Snack Box!

Experience the Taste of the Woking Phoenix in Ma’s Snack Box!

Silk Bath Collective and Theatre Passe Muraille are thrilled to partner with caterToronto to sell Ma’s Snack Box, filled with appetizing treats inspired by Ma’s cooking in Woking Phoenix! With a menu designed by Vanessa Ling-Yu of caterToronto, this box of goodies allows audiences to experience the taste of the Woking Phoenix!

Ma’s Snack Box contains:

Mini Spring Rolls (2). Not your average frozen factory spring roll. Hand-rolled crispy wrapper around tender seasoned vegetarian filling with Wing’s plum sauce for a little nostalgic nod to a Chinese-Canadian company.

Wing’s Fortune Cookie (1) Do you know how many people in Canada have proposed using fortune cookies to hold the ring and wished for fortunes as wedded couples? We’re willing to bet that you, like most Canadians, keep a fortune cookie saying in your wallet!

Fried dumpling (1) Crimped, filled, and fried with loads of tender loving care. Just like someone’s mother makes (but not that Mother’s Dumplings!). 

Mandarin orange (1). Peel and eat. Compost the peel, please.  

Haw Flakes (1). You remember these “healthy candies,” eh? Get your daily recommended intake of Hawthorn berries here!

Sweet and Sour Chicken Ball (1). Scratch-made nougat is enrobed in authentic chicken ball batter, then the S&S sauce of our childhood dreams, and then, a crunchy candy-coating before putting a stick in… not chicken. Yes, Sweet and Sour!

Plus! A few special surprise snacks, because every snack pack deserves a surprise!

Boxes are exclusively available for pre-order now until two days before your selected performance and can be purchased at check out for $22 when you purchase your tickets. *Boxes will be distributed during intermission of each show! If you’ve already purchased a ticket and want to add on a Snack Box please contact our box office. Limited number of boxes for each performance, so buy yours before they sell out!


*April 14: Snack Boxes will not be for sale as snacks will be provided at post show Prelude event
*April 21 & 24 Snack Boxes will be handed out after the performance to maintain the Mask Mandatory protocols


Co-creator, Director, and Producer
Aaron Jan 
Co-creator, Director, Producer, and Performer
Bessie Cheng 
Co-creator, Director, Producer, and Associate Sound Designer
Gloria Mok (莫嘉詠)
Stage Manager
Victoria Wang (王璇)
Apprentice Stage Manager
Joey Lau (劉祖怡)
Lighting Designer
Noah Feaver
Production Manager & Assistant Lighting Designer
Wei Qing Tan(陈维晴)
Set & Costume Designer
Julia Kim 
Assistant Set & Costume Designer
Irene Ly
Sound Designer & Composer
Maddie Bautista
Choreographic Concept & Direction*
Hanna Kiel (길현아)
*Created in collaboration with the performers
Technical Director
Anthony Allan
Nonvisual/Blind Dramaturg
Jessica Watkin
Translation Projections & Technician
Renée Wong (黃靖珊)
Richard Lam
Phoebe Hu (胡馨勻)
Bessie Cheng
Madelaine Hodges (賀美倫)

Silk Bath Collective: Bessie Cheng, Aaron Jan and Gloria Mok

Thank You