Presented by Griffin Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre
Michele Lee is an important emerging voice in contemporary Australian writing. Ambitious in form and idea, her observations on race, gender and power can be both sharp and tender. With Rice, Michele sets the personal politics of two women against the politics of global food production.
Nisha is a high-flying young executive at Australia’s largest producer of rice — precocious, headstrong and determined to become Australia’s first female Indian CEO. She’s presently closing in on a secret deal with the Indian government, which will place her company at the centre of India’s rice distribution. Working late every night, Nisha encounters Yvette, the ‘Chinese cleaner’ of her office building. As the nights wear on, she soon realises that Yvette has more to offer than merely clearing away her dishes. The two form a powerful, if unlikely, bond as they navigate the complexities of their lives.
Rice won Michele Lee the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2016-2017. Helpmann Award-winning director Lee Lewis directs this insightful new work.
“This may be her first mainstage play, but it marks the beginning of what I believe will be a robust conversation between Michele and Australian audiences.” – Lee Lewis
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Warning: This production contains adult themes, coarse language and the use of theatrical haze.
Lee Lewis on Rice
Rice was developed with the support of Playwriting Australia at the National Play Festival and National Script Workshop 2015