Actress Mindee Ong Talks Of Her 'Bondage' Experience

6 Aug

SINGAPORE: You can’t really tie Mindee Ong down. One minute she’s designing bags inspired by envelopes, the next, she’s off to Taiwan in the name of charity.

Unless, of course, you’re tying her down for a play called “Bondage”.

Last seen onstage for “Shanghai Blues”, the Fly Entertainment artiste and “12 Lotus” beauty is in the third play under Drama Box’s ongoing Blanc Space mini-festival of Chinese theatre.

Written by Cheow Boon Seng and directed by Danny Yeo, “Bondage” features a cast of interesting characters. Ong, in particular, plays a teenager opposite a sadomasochistic cop played by multi-media artist Loo Zihan. It opens Thursday and runs until Sunday at The Arts House.

Over the weekend afternoons, Drama Box will also be holding free dramatised readings of scripts by Chong Tze Chien, Ng How Wee and Lee Shyh Jih at the same venue.

“Bondage” is Ong’s third production with the Mandarin theatre company, and while she’s not involved in any of the apparent S&M shenanigans onstage, she did help out in designing their “S&M positionings”.

“I don’t know if I should consider myself fortunate or not that I’m not involved,” she quipped.

So do bad boys appeal to ‘881’s’ Miss Little Papaya?

“I probably won’t go for robbers or thieves, but my Mister Man needs to have a wicked sense of humour,” Ong, 29, revealed.

This of course, from someone who likes to work with leather. On bags, that is.

The Singapore ambassador for Sembonia – which carries Ong’s own Envelope line of bags – is also hosting the road shows and acting as judge for the fashion accessories line’s Bag My Style design challenge, which runs until October 23.

Busy as her schedules are this year, would you believe she’s actually taking it slow?

“The past two years were too hectic. I’m taking a kind of slower pace. But I’m working on a few things and you’ll be seeing more of me next year, I hope.”

For now, she said that the last quarter of the year will be reserved for taking more acting classes.

“Any form of honing my acting skills, I’ll do it!”

Channel News Asia

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