RICE

09 October 2021 – 13 November 2021

by MICHELE LEE


"Office politics brought sharply to life...Michele Lee’s two-hander is a thoughtful take on the power of women at work” The Guardian

★★★★ “A powerful, thought-provoking and funny play about cultural identity, class, race and power told through two very different women, who form an unlikely friendship” Broadway World

★★★★ “Michele Lee has created great characters and a compelling story” Spy in the Stalls

“Ambitious and strikingly designed... Sarah Lam and Zainab Hasan, playing the many characters in Michele Lee’s play... commanding the stage from the outset” The Stage

“Matthew Xia’s portrait of two ethnic minority women is a wickedly funny and surprisingly touching take on race, class and environmentalism” East by South East

“Do see this work of understated virtuosity, rich in character, substance, a shape-shifting singularity” Fringe Review

"Compelling... Rice makes for appetising theatre." Close-Up Theatre

Nisha is a young hotshot executive working for Golden Fields, Australia’s largest producer of rice. Ambitious and headstrong, she’s determined to become the first female Indian CEO in Australia. She’s close to sealing a contract with the Indian government, which would see her company take over India’s national rice distribution system.

A secret deal worth billions.

Working late nights in the office she encounters Yvette, an older Chinese migrant, who cleans up her mess. Yvette has her own entrepreneurial ambitions, but her daughter faces court after participating in a protest against the unethical practices of a national supermarket chain.

The two form a powerful – if unlikely – bond as they navigate the complexities of their lives and the world at large.

“a heady broth of gender, generation and globalisation” Australian Stage

Brimming with wickedly humorous observations on globalisation, politics and family, this is the UK premiere of a powerful new play from Asian-Australian writer Michele Lee, which has won numerous awards including the Australian Writers’ Guild Award for Best Original Stage Play.

Directed by Matthew Xia (Amsterdam, Blood Knot), Artistic Director of Actors Touring Company, who produce international contemporary theatre – making the global, local and the local, global.

An Orange Tree Theatre and Actors Touring Company co-production

OT On Screen

The play will also be live-streamed so you can watch it at home.
Thu 4 & Fri 5 Nov at 7.30pm GMT
BOOK HERE

This streamed performance will also be made available to watch online on demand from 16 November at 7.30pm GMT to 19 November at 11.59pm GMT. BOOK HERE

We have been 'See It Safely' approved
We have been granted the use of Society Of London Theatre & UK Theatre's 'See It Safely' mark. We have socially distanced seating and mask wearing a requirement to ensure the safety of our staff and audiences. You can find out more here about the measures we have been putting in place ready for your visit, and what you will need to know beforehand. 

Publicity photo of Zainab Hasan and Sarah Lam by The Other Richard

Production photos by Helen Murray

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