Yang-May Ooi, writer/ performer of Bound Feet Blues – A Life Told in Shoes, talks about how shoes and bound feet in her extra-ordinary theatre piece are a metaphor for who we are – and who we long to be.
Bound Feet Blues – A Life Told in Shoes is a solo story performance written and performed by Yang-May Ooi and directed by Jessica Higgs. A memoir of the same name by Yang-May Ooi is also being published.
ABOUT THE SHOW
In an epic journey from China via East Asia and Australia to England, British-Malaysian writer-performer Yang-May Ooi explores female empowerment and desirability through the oral histories of three generations of her family and the shoes in her life. Yang-May uses the ancient Chinese tradition of footbinding experienced by her great-grandmother as a metaphor to investigate her search for her sexual identity.
★★★★1/2 “Engaging, eye-opening, funny and moving” The Public Reviews
★★★★ “Beautifully performed and directed” Everything Theatre
TICKETS AND DETAILS
Tristan Bates Theatre 1A Tower St, Covent Garden WC2H 9NP
Tue 24 Nov – Sat 12 Dec, Tue – Sat at 7.30pm.
Tickets £16 / £12 concessions.
Box Office 020 7240 6283
Supported by Arts Council England
Sponsored by The Housing Finance Corporation, with support from Maclay Murray Spens
Part of the South East Asian Arts Festival 2015
ABOUT THE BOOK
Yang-May Ooi’s book of the same name, Bound Feet Blues – A Life Told in Shoes, explores in more detail the stories of love, family, shoes and footbinding dramatized in the stage show. Bound Feet Blues, the book, will be available in all good book shops and online from Nov 2015 (Urbane Publications). Find out more at bit.ly/bfbbook