Bound Feet Blues – A Life Told in Shoes

Venue: Tristan Bates Theatre,

Dates: Tue 24 Nov – Sat 12 Dec, Tue – Sat (Q&As post-show, 27 Nov & 4 Dec)

Time: 7:30pm

Tickets: £16 / £12 concessions (buy here)


In an epic journey from China via East Asia and Australia to England, British-Malaysian writer-performer Yang-May Ooi explores female empowerment and desirability through the oral histories of three generations of her family and the shoes in her life. Yang-May uses the ancient Chinese tradition of footbinding experienced by her great-grandmother as a metaphor to investigate her search for her sexual identity.

★★★★1/2 “Engaging, eye-opening, funny and moving” The Public Reviews 
★★★★ “Beautifully performed and directed” Everything Theatre

This powerful, humorous and moving solo performance returns to the Tristan Bates Theatre after its sold-out showcase last year.

Written & Performed by Yang-May Ooi. Directed by Jessica Higgs. Produced by Eldarin Yeong. Design by Hua Tan.

See some highlights of the performance here.

Supported by Arts Council England
Sponsored by The Housing Finance Corporation, with support from Maclay Murray Spens
Part of the South East Asian Arts Festival 2015