Almost a year ago, Michelle Lee won one of Australia's biggest theatre prizes, the Queensland Premier's Drama Award. From June 24 to July 16, her winning play will take to Queensland Theatre's stage. If that's not a dream come true for the Melbourne writer, then we don't know what is — and, you can witness her sharp story about globalisation, power, politics and migration.
Rice tells the tale of Nisha and Yvette, two multicultural women working late in the same building who are about to cross paths in an ordinary but revelatory way. One is a 28-year-old business prodigy who has worked her way to the second-in-command post at an Australian rice company, and is working on closing a huge deal with the Indian government. The other is a cleaner who clears away her takeaway containers.
It mightn't initially seem like it, but these ladies have plenty in common, as they discover over the course of the evening. Starring Kristy Best and Hsiao-Ling Tang, and directed by Griffin Theatre's Helpmann Award winning director Lee Lewis, Rice takes a smart, humorous look at globalisation in our modern world — and the personal consequences of such a far-reaching concept.