Actors Touring Company/Orange Tree Theatre/Theatre Royal Plymouth


Written by Michele Lee Directed by Matthew Xia

Photo: 2021 production image © The Other Richard

Actors Touring Company and Orange Tree Theatre, in association with Theatre Royal Plymouth: RICE

Fri 18 – Sat 19 Feb 2022 | 7.30pm

Written by: Michele Lee
Directed by: Matthew Xia

Nisha is a young hotshot executive working for Australia’s largest rice producer. Ambitious and headstrong, she’s determined to become the first female Indian CEO in Australia, sealing a contract to take over India’s national rice distribution system. Yvette, an older Chinese migrant, is the cleaner who sees to Nisha’s desk. Yvette has her own entrepreneurial ambitions, but also an unruly daughter who faces court after an environmental protest. The two form a powerful – if unlikely – bond as they navigate the complexities of their lives and the world at large.

Rich in character, this evocative two-hander is a thought-provoking, funny and surprisingly touching take on race, class, environmentalism, globalisation, office politics, family and female friendship.

‘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 play that feels both ambitious and necessary… strikingly designed… Sarah Lam and Zainab Hasan, playing the many characters in Michele Lee’s play… commanding the stage from the outset.’ The Stage

‘A heady broth of gender, generation and globalisation.’ Australian Stage

‘Whip smart.’ Arts Desk

RICE is the European premiere of Asian-Australian writer Michele Lee’s award-winning play.

Age guidance: 14+ (strong language)


Cast: Angela Yeoh, Anya Jaya-Murphy
Writer: Michele Lee
Director: Matthew Xia
Designer: Hyemi Shin
Lighting Designer: Bethany Gupwell
Lighting Associate: Chris McDonnell
Sound Designer & Composer: Lex Kosanke
Movement Director: Asha Jennings-Grant
Associate Director: Ameera Conrad
Casting Consultant: Sophie Parrott CDG
Dialect Coach: Catherine Weate
Company Stage Manager: Jenny Skivens
Deputy Stage Manager: Caroline Sheard
Assistant Stage Manager: Zoe Doy




18 February 2022 - 7:30 pm
19 February 2022 - 7:30 pm

Full price: £14
Concessions: £12
Under-25: £10

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