Audience Feedback

“Terrific… poignant… sexy” 

Bound Feet Blues Full Production, 2015

” 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

“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


Photos: Sheila Burnett

 Scratch Night and Showcase Performances, 2014

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”

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!”


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


Watch the Q&A session

The Q&A session after the showcase performance covered the history of footbinding, East/ West constructs of beauty, mothers and daughters, coming out, the creative process of writing the script and developing the performance.

The Q&A session was filmed at the Tristan Bates Theatre, 13 Oct 2014.


*Photo: Yang-May Ooi performing Bound Feet Blues at Conway Hall

Credit: Zaharah Othman



The show ran from 24 Nov to 12 Dec 2015 at the Tristan Bates Theatre, in London’s West End. But don’t despair if you missed it – you can read the BOOK Bound Feet Blues, Yang-May’s unconventional memoir that explores in more depth the stories behind the story of the stage show. Find out more on the Book page or read the Blog.

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