Bound Feet Blues – Press Invitation

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If 2015 is ‘the year of the strong woman’, as declared recently by BFI London Film Festival director Clare Stewart, Yang-May Ooi’s “engaging, entertaining and moving one-woman show” is a highly relevant and distinctive way to end the year. Supported by Arts Council EnglandThe Housing Finance Corporation, and part of the South East Asian Arts Festival, Yang-May’s personal journey exploring female desirability, identity and empowerment is told through the shoes in her life – from stilettos and expensive Italian pumps to trainers, hiking boots and biker boots. Centred on the tradition of foot binding, as practiced by her great-grandmother, Yang-May creates a spell-binding show sharing insights into her life as a Chinese-Malaysian woman in the UK, her unique ‘coming out story’, cultural reflections of what it means to be a woman in today’s society, and an exploration into mother-daughter relationships.

Bound Feet Blues: A Life Told In Shoes is written and performed by Yang-May Ooi, directed by Jessica Higgs, produced by Eldarin Yeong and designed by Hua Tan. The show will run from 24th November to 12th December 2015 at the Tristan Bates Theatre, Covent Garden, London. Tickets are available from–a-life-told-in-shoes. Press passes for the review night (25/11/15 from 7-8:30pm) can be requested from

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Press contact: Helen Lewis,