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


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.

“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 

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Post Show Discussion

On Tuesday 29 March there will be a FREE post-show discussion with the ‘Rice’ company – featuring Director Matthew Xia, Writer Michele Lee, Associate Director Ameera Conrad and Cast Members Anya Jaya-Murphy, Angela Yeoh – this will be your chance to find out more about the production, the process and answers to any other burning questions you may have.

Image Credits: The Other Richard

Anya Jaya-Murphy as Nisha (She/Her)
Angela Yeoh as Yvette (She/They)

Writer:  Michele Lee (She/Her)
Director: Matthew Xia (He/Him)
Associate Director  Ameera Conrad (She/They)
Designer  Hyemi Shin (She/Her)
Assistant Tour Designer & Costume Supervisor: Isabella Van Braeckel (She/her)
Lighting Designer: Bethany Gupwell (She/her)
Sound Designer/Composer: Lex Kosanke (He/Him)
Movement Director: Asha Jennings-Grant (She/Her)
Lighting Associate: Chris McDonnell (She/Her)
Dialect: Catherine Weate
Fight Director: Joe Golby