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Griffin Theatre Company
Contact : Estelle Conley
“Superbly acted by Best and Tang with joy, relish and stage chemistry, the direction from Griffin’s Lee Lewis is pinpoint.” The Australian
Michele Lee is an important emerging voice in contemporary Australian writing. Ambitious in form and idea, her observations on race, gender and power both sharp and tender. With 'Rice', Michele sets the personal politics of two women against the politics of global food production. Nisha is a high-flying young executive at Australia’s largest producer of rice—precocious, headstrong and determined to become Australia’s first female Indian CEO. She’s presently closing in on a secret deal with the Indian government, which will place her company at the centre of India’s rice distribution. Working late every night, Nisha encounters Yvette, the ‘Chinese cleaner’ of her office building. As the nights wear on, she soon realises that Yvette has more to offer than merely clearing away her dishes. 'Rice' won Michele Lee the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2016-2017. Helpmann Award-winning director Lee Lewis directs this insightful new work. 'Rice' premiered at Queensland Theatre in 2017, followed by seasons at Griffin and Hothouse Theatre. At all three venues the production was met with praise from critics and audiences alike.
History & background
For nearly 40 years, Griffin has been bringing the best Australian stories to the stage. Griffin is a major force in shaping the future of Australian theatre: it is a home for the courageous and the curious, for the imaginations that inspire us. Iconic Australian stories such as The Boys, Holding the Man and The Heartbreak Kid had their world premieres at Griffin. Our home is the Stables, Sydney’s most intimate and persuasive stage. Its capacity, however, is limited. As such, touring our productions is vital in providing more audiences across the country with access to great Australian theatre.
Marketing selling points
- Winner of the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2016-2017 - Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award 2018 - Directed by Helpmann Award-winning director Lee Lewis - With a growing body of work that centres on female identity, otherness and Asian-Australian stories, Michele Lee is firmly establishing her voice across stage, radio and fiction - Two strong female protagonists - A powerful, tender interrogation of race, gender and the vastly different relationship that migrants of varying generations have with Australia - Both deeply intimate and powerfully global in its reach - Griffin is well-known in the regions, there is confidence in the brand
Key audience and marketing notes
Appeals to theatre going audiences aged 16 plus. It is a contemporary story that intertwines the challenges of corporate life with those of very relatable characters. The two women actors are phenomenal, and audiences have loved the smart, fast-paced dialogue and skill of the actors moving effortlessly between almost a dozen characters.
Community Engagement activities
Masterclass or workshop on character transformation / playing multiple characters. For theatre makers and actors.
What is this?
|Theatre formats||Proscenium Arch, Black Box|
|Bump in (hours)||8|
|Bump out (hours)||4|
Lighting plan can be supplied.
SX plan can be supplied.
No fly system, orchestra pit or piano required. There is use of haze. Set design plans can be supplied on request.
Stage dimensions (meters)
|Width: 7||Height: 3|
|Depth: 5||Wing space: Not required|
Freight & transport for touring party of four. Set is road freight only.