Creative Team

Playwright: Yang-May Ooi

Yang-May Ooi is an author and playwright. She is the writer/ performer of the acclaimed solo theatre piece Bound Feet Blues (Tristan Bates Theatre, 2015) which has been described as ““A riveting bravura performance that brilliantly weaves together personal stories, family history and gender issues with humour, sensitivity and great emotional impact.” Her books include the memoir Bound Feet Blues and novels The Flame Tree and Mindgame. She is also an award-winning TEDx speaker. Yang-May is a member of The Writers’ Guild and the Anglo Asiatic Arts & Heritage Alliance.

Lead Actor: Julie Cheung-Inhin

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Julie is a British East Asian actor and trained at Drama Studio London. After graduating in 2015, she created a solo show, No More Lotus Flower!, for the Camden Fringe (Camden’s People’s Theatre), which was described as “a fantastic exploration of assumptions made, even today, by outmoded theatricals who can’t see past a person’s pigmentation.” Previous theatre credits include The 39th Parallel with Pokfulam Road Productions (Park Theatre), Barnstable and After Liverpool with The New Actors Company (Park Theatre),  Something There That’s Missing with We Flew Big (Edinburgh Fringe), Sweet Mandarin with True Heart Theatre (Tristan Bates Theatre) and Moonwalking in Chinatown with Soho Theatre.  Film credits include All That Remains and Solito, and radio credits include Endurance by Word of Mouth, @jcheunginhin, @NMLotusFlower

Director: Jessica Higgs

Jessica Higgs was the founder and Artistic Director of In Tandem TC (2000-08) whose worked focused on difference and integration of difference in society, creating platforms for culturally diverse and unheard voices. For the company she directed an acclaimed Pinter double bill of Landscape andMountain Language, translated and performed entirely in British Sign Language by Deaf and hearing actors, and the British Premier of Canadian, Alex Blumer’s Smudge, both at Ovalhouse. Other directing work includes: Julie McNamara’s Pigtales and Pig’s Sister(Jackson’s Lane, Ovalhouse, Theatre Workshop Edinburgh and internationally); Will Eno’s Lady Grey (Soho Theatre); Wesker’s Four Portraits – of Mothers(Bridewell Theatre). Jessica is also a voice coach working regularly at Central School of Speech & Drama, British-American Drama Academy and the Actors Centre. She co-founded with Susan Croft the influential Unfinished Histories which documents alternative theatre in Britain in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.  Most recently, she directed Bound Feet Blues in 2015.

Producer: Clarissa Widya

profielClarissa Widya is co-founder and Artistic Director of Papergang Theatre. She graduated with an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from the Central School of Speech and Drama. Papergang Theatre is a platform British East Asian artists and supports new writing through workshops, readings and showcases. Papergang Theatre co-produced Francis Turnly’s Harajuku Girls (Finborough Theatre) and I’m Just Here to Buy Soy Sauce by Jingan Young (Illuminate Fest, Old Red Lion and China Exchange). www., @PapergangTC

Dramaturg: Simon Ly

146859390211841Simon Ly is co-founder and literary manager of Papergang Theatre. He graduated with an MA in Scriptwriting from Goldsmiths University. As part of Papergang Theatre, he does everything possible to make writing better.



We would like to thank photographer Alison Romanczuk for publicity photography of Yang-May and Julie, and also designer Matthew Leonhart for the flyer design.