Photos and Write Up from Papergang Theatre’s Echo Night at the Bush Theatre – incl Bound Feet Blues extract

Writer/ performer Yang-May Ooi was invited to perform an extract of Bound Feet Blues at the Echo event of East Asian performers at the Bush Theatre, hosted by Papergang Theatre back in October. Here are some photos from the night – and also a write up by Papergang on their blog.

Yang-May writes: “It was great fun – and also a privilege to be performing alongside so many talented East Asian artists. Thank you to Papergang Theatre for inviting me to show an extract from Bound Feet Blues. The audience were warm and enthusiastic – some of them said the character of my Mum that I played reminded them of their old aunties from Malaysia! I am delighted!”

With the other performers on the night, and Papergang Theatre founders Simon Ly and Clarissa Wylde (extreme left) Photo credit: Papergang Theatre

Performing “Some Enchanted Evening” extract from Bound Feet Blues


Team BFB L – R: producer Eldarin Yeong, director Jessica Higgs, writer/ performer Yang-May Ooi

For a write up of the evening, check out Papergang Theatre’s blog post “Echo at the Bush”:

“Tuesday 20th of October, saw our first collaboration with the Bush Theatre, a new writing and storytelling event ECHO. We showcased an evening with  extracts from four scripts in development, one short play, two extracts from produced pieces interlaced with poetry and music. Massive thanks to everyone involved: Kit Loyd, Philip Tomlin, JonathanChan- Pensley, Stephen Hoo, Natalia Hinds, Julie Cheung-Inhin, Naomi Christie, Yang-May Ooi, Lucy Sheen. The wonderful Irene Ng directed the majority of the pieces.

Lactose Intolerant by Naomi Christie
Luke is in his Mum’s place of work only to discover she no longer employed there. What unravels puts them both in danger and asks if the cost is too high for aspiration. This is Naomi’s debut piece.

Bound Feet Blues by Yang- May Ooi
Bound Feet Blues – A Life Told in Shoes is an autobiographical solo piece exploring female desirability and empowerment through the ancient Chinese practice of footbinding and the shoes in writer/ performer Yang-May Ooi’s life ¦ Tristan Bates Theatre ¦ 24 Nov to 12 Dec 2015 ¦ Part of the SE Asian Arts Festival ¦ Info and tickets via

Poetry by Lucy Sheen

Why do Old Chinese People Hoard so Badly 
China is not a good place to be a bird.  … READ MORE…”



You can buy tickets for Bound Feet Blues via

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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