RICE

BY MICHELE LEE

UK PREMIERE

09 OCTOBER – 13 NOVEMBER 2021

Dates and Times:

09 October – 13 November

Mon – Sat 7.30pm  (except 13 Oct at 7pm)

Thu & Sat 2.30pm (from 16 Oct)

Audio Described performance
Sat 13 Nov 2.30pm

Captioned Performance
Tue 9 Nov 7.30pm

 

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

This live stream may not be available in all international territories.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ A powerful, thought-provoking and funny play” –  Broadway World 

 

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐Michele Lee has created great characters and a compelling story” – The Spy in the Stalls

 

“A play that feels both ambitious and necessary” – The Stage 

 

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

 

A wickedly funny and surprisingly touching take on race, class and environmentalism” – East by South East 

 

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.

 

RICE will be directed by our Artistic Director, Matthew Xia. Completing the creative team is Hyemi Shin (Designer) Bethany Gupwell (Lighting Designer) and Lex Kosanke (Sound Designer), Asha Jennings-Grant (Movement Director) and Sophie Parrott (CastingConsultant CDG).

 

RICE makes its UK premiere in this ATC co-production with the Orange Tree Theatre.

CREDITS

 

CAST

ZAINAB HASAN

SARAH LAM

 

WRITER

MICHELE LEE

 

DIRECTOR

MATTHEW XIA

 

DESIGNER

HYEMI SHIN

 

LIGHTING DESIGNER

BETHANY GUPWELL

 

LIGHTING ASSOCIATE

CHRIS McDONNELL

 

SOUND DESIGNER & COMPOSER

LEX KOSANKE

 

MOVEMENT 

ASHA JENNINGS-GRANT

 

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

AMEERA CONRAD

 

CASTING CONSULTANT

SOPHIE PARROTT CDG

 

DIALECT COACH

CATHERINE WEATE

 

COMPANY STAGE MANGER

JENNY SKIVENS

 

DEPUTY STAGE MANAGER

CAROLINE SHEARD

 

ASISTANT STAGE MANAGER

ZOE DOY

Photos of the cast of RICE: Zainab Hasan and Sarah Lam.

 

All photos by Helen Murray