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Brimming with wickedly humorous observations on globalisation, politics and family

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Sat 9 Oct - Sat 13 Nov, 2021 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Runtime: 1h 35m


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It’s good to see Actors Touring Company continuing a relationship with the Orange Tree, one that began with the knotty and thought-provoking Amsterdam. Directed by Matthew Xia, Michele Lee’s play focusses on two very different women, Nisha and Yvette. The former is a young executive working for Australia’s biggest producer of rice who is close to sealing a deal worth billions, while Yvette is the office cleaner who works at nights. But maybe they have more in common than they first think, and what would happen if they joined forces?

About Rice

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. 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. The play will also be live-streamed so you can watch it at home on Thu 4 & Fri 5 Nov at 7.30pm.