Writer/ performer Yang-May Ooi has signed with UK publisher Aurora Metro for the script of Bound Feet Blues to be included in an upcoming anthology of British East Asian plays.
Bound Feet Blues: A Life Told in Shoes was my solo theatre piece created and developed in 2014-2015.
Bound Feet Blues – A Life Told in Shoes
It tells my personal coming out story, interwoven with the story of my great-grandmother in China who had bound feet. Along the way, I take the audience on a journey through the shoes in my life – from stilettos to little pumps and hiking boots – as a way of exploring what it means to be a woman.
I performed the play over a 3 week run at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London’s West End in Nov/Dec 2015. It was directed by Jessica Higgs and produced by Eldarin Yeong. The production was supported by The Housing Finance Corporation, Maclay Murray Spens and Arts Council, England.
Renowned British East Asian Playwrights
I am honoured and excited that the script will be included in an anthology of British East Asian plays being published by Aurora Metro books, alongside reknowned playwrights such as Danial York, Lucy Sheen and Stephen Hoo. I am grateful to Cheryl Robson for taking Bound Feet Blues to be part of this wonderful collection of work.
Find out more about the anthology at http://aurorametro.com/newsite/products-page/bame-plays/british-east-asian-plays/
Find out more about Bound Feet Blues at www.BoundFeetBlues.co.uk
Book cover image: thanks to Aurora Metro
Bound Feet Blues – A Life Told in Shoes is the mesmerising autobiographical theatre work by Yang-May Ooi exploring what it means to be a woman interweaving social history of bound feet and women’s fashion with the stories of strong Chinese women in a single family.
Author: Yang-May Ooi
Yang-May Ooi is a multi-media author. Tiger Spirit UK her online space for exploring stories and how they shape our lives and our world. Her current multimedia projects include: ReWilding My Life, a personal exploration of our relationship with nature, and South London Voices, a podcast celebrating South Londoners. ¦ www.TigerSpirit.co.uk