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 brutal and tender. With Rice, Michele sets the personal politics of two women against the global politics of the world food economy. In doing so, she unpicks the vastly different relationship that migrants of varying generations and backgrounds have with Australia.
Nisha is a high-flying executive at Australia’s largest producer of rice. Prodigiously talented, she’s spearheading a deal with the Indian Government, which will place her company at the centre of India’s rice distribution. Working late every night, she encounters Yvette, the woman who cleans her office. As the two women trade stories about their day, Nisha soon realises that Yvette has more to offer than merely clearing away her dishes.
Winner of the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2016-2017, Rice began its life as part of Griffin’s Story Lab, which explores cross cultural and cross art form storytelling practices. 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
Rice was developed with the support of Playwriting Australia at the National Play Festival and National Script Workshop 2015