Meet Bound Feet Blues Q&A Chair Rona Steinberg (4th December 2015)

Bound Feet Blues will have 3 Q&A sessions after the show during its three week run. We are delighted to introduce you to Rona Steinberg, the chair of the Q&A session on Friday 4th December 2015.

** Bound Feet Blues is NOW ON  at the Tristan Bates Theatre until Sat 12 December 2015. Don’t miss this “mesmerising” and “powerful” show – buy tickets below or via bit.ly/bfbtickets **

Rona Steinberg

rona steinberg public speaking coachRona is a Certified Professional Co-active Coach at Out Loud Coaching working with women who want to throw off the shackles of a society that expects them to be “quiet, nice, demure, discreet, good, self effacing, modest or mild” and “women who don’t think they are good enough or beautiful enough or thin enough or intelligent enough or young enough or old enough or sexy enough or any other enough – or who have been told that by others”.

Her philosophy is: “Be powerful, true and joyful. Live your life the way you want. No more being told to stay in the background or hiding your true nature, desire or mess. Just be yourself, without apology or justification.”

Our kind of woman!

She is also a public speaking trainer with Ginger Public Speaking.  Her background in the legal profession gives her an incisive intellect that gets to the heart of the matter while her coaching training and natural intuitive approach allows her to respond with authenticity in the moment.

We are in for a treat on 4th December – so come and join the conversation, take part in the Q&A and be prepared for a meaty discussion about the creative process as well as women’s empowerment, body image, footbinding and the other themes of the show!

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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.

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The Stage describes Bound Feet Blues as a “warm, genuine narrative”

The Stage has called Bound Feet Blues a “warm, genuine narrative” in a terrific review of this solo show by writer/ performer Yang-May Ooi.

Some snippets from the review:

“very clever and subtle and captures the attention”

“Yang-May Ooi, barefoot and dressed in black, has a calming presence and tells her story – and that of her female ancestors – with animation and humour.”

** Bound Feet Blues is NOW ON  at the Tristan Bates Theatre until Sat 12 December 2015. Don’t miss this “mesmerising” and “powerful” show – buy tickets below or via bit.ly/bfbtickets **

You can read the full review of Bound Feet Blues by The Stage via the links below.

Review of Bound Feet Blues in The Stage – “a warm, genuine narrative”  ¦ 26 Nov 2015 ¦ download the pdf

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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.
Q&As post-show, 27 Nov & 4 Dec.

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Bound Feet Blues receives 5 Star audience feedback on its opening night!

We are thrilled to share with you some of the audience feedback from the Bound Feet Blues opening night earlier this week!

” I LOVED IT.  5 STARS. ….inspiring, exceptional & rewarding. Striking in its simplicity. Yang-May Ooi is a naturally captivating performer who took us through her story & through time, with various versions of herself at different ages, acting out the binding of feet (& herself) so powerfully. Some parts were as shocking as they were moving. But always captivating. Go. Go. GO! I definitely intend to see it again.” – Diane Leigh, Dream Seed Magic

Evocative, wonderfully literate piece so glad I flew to London especially to see…”

Sensational opening night” – Marie Burke

** Bound Feet Blues is NOW ON  at the Tristan Bates Theatre until Sat 12 December 2015. Don’t miss this “mesmerising” and “powerful” show – buy tickets below or via bit.ly/bfbtickets **

“Saw amazing one woman show last night. Stunning, moving, memorable and beautiful. I thoroughly recommend it!”

“A powerhouse performance …. I have watched the show develop from its early stages to the full West End production and am in total admiration of the hard work, attention to detail and creativity she and her team have put into Bound Feet Blues. It is by turns fascinating, shocking, compelling, touching, visceral, tender, warm, funny, sexy and wise. If you haven’t bought tickets yet I urge you to do so” – Beverley Glick, journalist and coach

“Last night I was blown away by Bound Feet Blues – what an amazing solo performance by  Yang-May Ooi & a fabulous piece of story telling. I’m planning to go again & I really recommend it.” – Lesley Pyne, coach

“Some fabulous stories woven together into a wonderful evening of storytelling” – Naomi Wong, playwright

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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.
Q&As post-show, 27 Nov & 4 Dec.

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Photos: Sheila Burnett

“This was not the life I was meant to have…” – Bound Feet Blues Performance Photo

In Bound Feet Blues, writer/ performer tells the story of her great-grandmother in China who had bound feet. This performance photo from the showcase night in Oct last year, shows Yang-May enacting a scene of this bound foot woman from her family’s history: “This was not the life I was meant to have…!”

** Bound Feet Blues is NOW ON  at the Tristan Bates Theatre until Sat 12 December 2015. Don’t miss this “mesmerising” and “powerful” show – buy tickets below or via bit.ly/bfbtickets **

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“Terrific… poignant… sexy” – Read Audience Feedback on Bound Feet Blues

“Terrific… poignant… sexy”

Ben Monks, Creative Producer of Tristan Bates Theatre described the show as “a powerful, provocative and intimate story told in an intelligent and engaging manner”

** Bound Feet Blues is NOW ON  at the Tristan Bates Theatre until Sat 12 December 2015. Don’t miss this “mesmerising” and “powerful” show – buy tickets below or via bit.ly/bfbtickets **

What audiences have said:

“Mesmerising – not for the faint hearted. Drew us in from the start and left us gasping for breath.”

“A riveting bravura performance that brilliantly weaves together personal stories, family history and gender issues with humour, sensitivity and great emotional impact.”

“I loved your physicality and performance. The piece was beautifully written – complex, moving, so many layers.”

“A powerful message well delivered… It’s simply a must see!”

“Go and see it!”

“Spellbinding”

“It was a powerful performance – I had to remind myself to breathe. Truly wonderful! we want more!”

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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.
Q&As post-show, 27 Nov & 4 Dec.

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Local author Yang-May Ooi talks to Dulwich OnView about Bound Feet Blues – now on at Tristan Bates Theatre

Dulwich OnView, the online magazine celebrating all things Dulwich and South East London interviewed writer/ performer Yang-May Ooi about Bound Feet Blues and the shows relevance for modern women today. Yang-May also shares her stories about the role of fashion and shoes in her life.

** Bound Feet Blues is NOW ON  at the Tristan Bates Theatre until Sat 12 December 2015. Don’t miss this “mesmerising” and “powerful” show – buy tickets below or via bit.ly/bfbtickets **

To read the full article, click on the image below…

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Dulwich OnView magazine celebrates the people and culture of Dulwich and the surrounding areas of South East London.

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Bound Feet Blues opens tonight for 3 weeks – Buy tickets here!

Writer/ performer Yang-May Ooi and the creative team are at the theatre right now working on the final preparations for opening night tonight. There is the final dress rehearsal, the technical lighting run through and making sure the set is just right.

Then, finally, after almost of a year of preparation, Bound Feet Blues will open as a full production tonight at 7.30pm at Tristan Bates Theatre for a 3 week run. The house lights will go down and as a haunting fusion ballad of East and West plays, Yang-May will step onto the stage to perform the work she wrote almost two years ago….

Have you got your tickets yet?

Go to the bottom of this page for the link to the box office or go straight to buy tickets via bit.ly/bfbtickets

There’s still an outside chance that there will be tickets left for opening night tonight – but if not, the show runs for 3 weeks to 12 Dec. So there’s still time to get your tickets to catch this extra-ordinary solo show.

Watch the highlights from the showcase performance in Oct last year:

 

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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.
Q&As post-show, 27 Nov & 4 Dec.

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Meet The Centre for Solo Performance where writer/ performer Yang-May Ooi developed the script of Bound Feet Blues

Bound Feet Blues was just an idea in the mind of writer/ performer Yang-May Ooi when she signed up for a workshop at The Centre for Solo Performance in January 2014. With the guidance of facilitators Luke Dixon and Sean Bruno and the feedback of the others workshop participants, Yang-May completed the script of Bound Feet Blues in 12 weeks. She performed a work-in-progress version of the piece at the Centre’s Going Solo scratch night in March 2014 at Conway Hall.

At the performance was one of the producers of the South East Asian (SEA) Arts Festival, Annie Kwan, who invited Yang-May to perform the completed show at that year’s festival in October. The showcase was performed at the Tristan Bates Theatre to a sold out audience and 4+ star reviews. Now, within 2 years of first starting the script, Yang-May and the Bound Feet Blues creative team have brought the show to full production, opening at Tristan Bates Theatre for a 3 week run on 24 November 2015.

The Centre for Solo Performance

CSP-workshopBased in central London at historic Conway Hall, THE CENTRE FOR SOLO PERFORMANCE works with THE CONWAY COLLECTIVE in providing a specialist series of unique performance workshops, events and opportunities catering to writers, actors and performance artists interested in creating, developing, sharing solo performance work.

LukeDixonSeanhiresLuke Dixon is a performance maker, writer, teacher and academic, internationally known for his innovative productions of Shakespeare, his site-specific performances, his teaching of actors and his research into performance. www.lukedixon.co.uk Sean Bruno has a wide range of experience in making, both solo and collaborative, performance work in various contemporary and traditional styles; including dance, spoken word, multimedia and site specific. www.seanbruno.co.uk

Creating Solo PerformanceTheir book Creating Solo Performance is now available as well. It is an innovative toolbox of exercises and challenges focused on providing you – the performer – with engaging and inspiring ways to explore and develop your idea both on the page and in the performance space. Creating Solo Performance by Sean Bruno and Luke Dixon £18.99

You can watch highlights from that first scratch night performance at Conway Hall below:

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Introducing the landscape of Bound Feet Blues – Malaysia, where writer/ performer Yang-May Ooi grew up

The setting of Bound Feet Blues ranges from Oxford in England to China and the Australian Outback – and to Malaysia, the childhood home of writer/ performer Yang-May Ooi. We are sharing with you some of these landscapes here on this blog.

Many of the scenes in Bound Feet Blues depict Yang-May as a child running barefoot in the garden and spending time with her family.  To give you a feel of that lush tropical landscape that forms the central heart of the show, here are some photos of gardens in Malaysia and of Kuala Lumpur, Yang-May’s hometown.

 

Garden, Kuala Lumpur – from flickr.com (CCL) https://www.flickr.com/photos/smarterwithin/

 

Garden, Kuala Lumpur – via Pinterest – https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/412079434624710326/

 

Malaysia – contrast of East and West – from flickr.com (CCL) – https://www.flickr.com/photos/hagens_world/

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Meet Bound Feet Blues Q&A chair Beverley Glick (27 November 2015)

There are 3 Q&A sessions taking place during the Bound Feet Blues three week run. The first one will take place after the show on Friday 27 November 2015. We are delighted to welcome back Beverley Glick to chair this first Q&A of the full production. Beverley was our Q&A host for the showcase in October last year and steered us through the evening with quiet warmth. This first Q&A is going to be engaging and discursive with her in the chair again. So please do come and join us on Friday 27 November to see the show and take part in the discussion afterwards with Beverley, writer/ performer Yang-May Ooi and director Jessica Higgs.

Beverley Glick

Beverley Glick has been a professional storyteller for 35 years – first as a music journalist and pop magazine editor and subsequently in a variety of roles on national newspapers. In recent years she trained as a presence-based coach and now help individuals and business owners dig for the personal stories that will change their lives and change the world. She is also a public speaking coach, co-host a live storytelling event (thestoryparty.co.uk) and the author of Dig for the Story in Your Soul – #StoryWisdom to help you author an authentic life (out now on Amazon).

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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.
Q&As post-show, 27 Nov & 4 Dec.

**BUY ONLINE via: bit.ly/bfbtickets **