Introducing: Yang-May Ooi

On the 30th of April, we will officially launch AAAHA at SOAS from 6-8pm. We would like to introduce to you some of our Alliance members and speakers of the evening:

Yang-May Ooi


Yang-May Ooi is an author and theatre-maker of Chinese-Malaysian heritage based in London. 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. She is currently developing a new play Butterfly in Blue Jeans ( with actor Julie Cheung-Inhin – the play is an East Asian feminist response to Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and is the first in an East Asian trilogy inspired by the Doomed Diva operas (Madama Butterfly, La Traviata and Carmen).


I can offer AAAHA consultancy/ mentoring on writing and publishing, public speaking and social media. I am looking forward to collaborate and learn new skills; in particular, producing skills and how to raise funds for my theatre projects; to network with other creative professionals for exchange of knowledge/ skills and possible future collaboration

Read more about Yang-May Ooi on her website or follow her on Twitter @tigerspirituk

Introducing: The Music Man Project

On the 30th of April, we will officially launch AAAHA at SOAS from 6-8pm. We would like to introduce to you some of our Alliance members and speakers of the evening:

The Music Man Project

London Palladium

The Music Man Project is the UK’s first full-time music education service
specifically for children and adults with learning disabilities. We train
our students to become effective musical performers regardless of their
personal challenges. We access their innate and instinctive musicality and
use this as a vehicle to teach musicianship and to increase their
confidence, self-esteem and creative expression. We then present these
outcomes in public performances to entertain and educate the wider society.
We campaign for equal opportunities for musicians with learning disabilities
to perform at the most prestigious venues as these experiences have a truly
transformative effect on their lives and those of their families. The Music
Man Project is a sought-after authority in his field. We help other tutors
to set up their own versions of our service around the UK and in other
countries, and this year we will teach disabled adults from London at the
Royal College of Music. We will also train Royal College undergraduates how
to survive and succeed within this rewarding field of music education. Our
methods are the subject of a Royal College PhD into the impact of music on
the well-being of people with a learning disability.


We look forward to developing international links so that we can share our
experiences and learn from other artists and organisations. We would like to
establish a British Asiatic network of arts providers who work in our field
and we will expand our approach to the related sectors of mental health,
dementia and to other vulnerable groups in society. We will share the
findings of the PhD with our partners and will seek opportunities to involve
the Alliance in our doctoral research. Finally, we would like to collaborate
with partners to deliver workshops, training courses, seminars and high
profile performances like our recent production at the London Palladium. We
want to a) showcase our performers alongside professional artists, b)
promote Asiatic Arts to the UK and c) share our particular philosophy with

Read more about The Music Man Project on their website.