To put one person on stage for a solo theatre show like Bound Feet Blues, you need a team of other talented professionals working behind the scenes to make sure a range of components are all in place – from the creative vision, to production and business matters, set and lighting design, costume and the running of the show every night. There is also of course the theatre space that is the foundation of the whole project.
Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing you to the creative team here on this blog. Today, we would like to introduce to you – and thank – our supporters and sponsors without whom this 3 week production of Bound Feet Blues would not be possible.
Arts Council, England
This production of Bound Feet Blues – as well as research and development for the showcase performance in Oct last year – is generously supported by funding from Arts Council, England. We are grateful for their support.
Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. We believe that art and culture make life better, helps to build diverse communities and improves our quality of life. Great art and culture can inspire our education system, boost our economy and give our nation international standing. – See more at: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/#sthash.VUv8wa3X.dpuf
The Housing Finance Corporation (THFC)
We are indebted to The Housing Finance Corporation, which is match-funding this production of Bound Feet Blues.
Piers Williamson, Chief Executive, says: “THFC is proud to sponsor this intriguing piece of theatre. Bound Feet Blues is a show with an impassioned message about personal empowerment, acceptance of diversity and the relationship of an individual within her community. These themes are consistent with our corporate values as an independent mutually owned finance company and our core business of funding affordable housing in diverse communities. We hope that you will enjoy this innovative and thought-provoking theatre piece.”
THFC is an independent, specialist, not-for-profit organisation that makes loans to regulated Housing Associations, that provide affordable housing throughout the United Kingdom. THFC funds itself through the issue of bonds to private investors and by borrowing from banks.
Maclay Murray Spens (MMS)
Bound Feet Blues is additionally supported by Maclay Murray Spens. Thank you to this innovative law firm, too!
Wendy Wilks, partner at the firm, says: “Maclay Murray & Spens LLP (MMS) are delighted to be able to part sponsor this event with THFC and the Arts Council to support Yang May Ooi in the production and delivery of this theatre show to a social housing audience. Having seen the showcase last year at the Tristan Bates Theatre the team at MMS know how complex and insightful this story is in recording the rapid changes of attitudes, culture and lifestyles have become over a span of just a few generations. It is a great personal story of these changes that is brought to life by Yang May in the show. MMS would recommend that you take the opportunity to see the show this year.”
MMS is a law firm specialising in a range of practice areas from Social Housing, Care and Property to Finance and the Corporate sector. They are the creators of the Very Smart People (VSP) concept, which is best summarised as “Central to the ethos behind VSP has been the recognition that in order to provide superb service, each of us must understand the importance of our individual contribution.”
You can buy tickets for Bound Feet Blues via bit.ly/bfbtickets
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.
Q&As post-show, 27 Nov & 4 Dec.