RICE by Michele Lee

18 February 2022
19 February 2022
The North Wall Arts Centre
South Parade

RICE by Michele Lee

RICE by Michele Lee

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

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.

Full price: £14.00. Concessions: £12.00. Under 25s: £10.00


“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

Good to know

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

Date & time: 18 and 19 February 2022 from 7.30pm at The North Wall Arts Centre

Age guidance: 14+ (contains strong language)

Running time: 1 hour and 35 minutes with no interval


Cast: Angela Yeoh (Yvette), Anya Jaya-Murphy (Nisha)
Writer: Michele Lee
Director: Matthew Xia
Associate Director: Ameera Conrad
Designer: Hyemi Shin
Design Assistant: Isabella Van Braeckel
Lighting Designer: Bethany Gupwell
Lighting Associate: Chris McDonnell
Sound Designer/Composer: Lex Kosanke
Movement Director: Asha Jennings-Grant
Dialect Coach: Catherine Weate
Fight Director: Joe Goldby

Stage Management Team:
Company Stage Manager: Oran O’Neill
Carolina (Nina) Madriz
Assistant Stage Manager: Yasmin Brook

ATC Team:
Artistic Director: Matthew Xia
Executive Director: Andrew Smaje
ATC and LAMDA Associate Director: Ameera Conrad
Finance Manager: Kate Sarley
Associate Producer: Melina Morris
Administration Director: Juliana Bearse