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A powerful new play brimming with wickedly humorous observations on globalisation, politics, and family.


An Actors Touring Company and Orange Tree Theatre production in association with Theatre Royal Plymouth
Written by Michele Lee
Director: Matthew Xia
Designer: Hyemi Shin
Lighting Designer: Bethany Gupwell
Lighting Associate: Chris McDonnell
Sound Designer and Composer: Lex Kosanke
Movement Director: Asha Jennings-Grant
Associate Director: Ameera Conrad
Dialect Coach: Catherine Weate
Casting Concultant: Sophie Parrott CDG
Casting Co-ordinator: Sarah Murray
Fight Director: Keith Wallis

Price: From £10

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4 March - 5 March 2022

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. Yvette, an older Chinese migrant, is the cleaner who sees to Nisha’s desk.

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.

RICE explores the relationships formed by migrants of different generations with their new home - and with each other. It’s a play about migration, ambition, family and the unlikely friendship between a hotshot executive and the office cleaner.

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.

“A thought-provoking take on an unusual female friendship”
Broadway World

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

Age guidance: 14+

Content warning: Contains strong language, reference to race and migration, vaping on stage, and sudden loud noises.

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Friday 4 March 2022, 7.30pm

Saturday 5 March 2022, 2.30pm

Saturday 5 March 2022, 7.30pm

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