Date 24.03.2022 - 26.03.2022
Location Ustinov Studio Theatre Royal Bath
Date 29.03.2022 - 30.03.2022
Location HOME Manchester
Date 01.04.2022 - 02.04.2022
Location Northern Stage Newcastle
Date 13.04.2022 - 14.04.2022
Location York Theatre Royal


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.

About the Artists

Michele Lee (Writer) is an Asian-Australian writer working across television, film, stage, books, audio and live art. She won numerous awards for Rice, including the Australian Writer’s Guild Award for Best Original Stage Play. Her other theatre credits include Security (finalist for 2021 Patrick White Award), Single Ladies, Going Down (shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, the Nick Enright Prize, an Australian Writer’s Guild Award and five Green Room Awards), An Assistant’s Notes for a Pandemic, The Naked Self, and Off Centre. For television, her credits include Hungry Ghosts, and Secret Threads. RICE is presented by arrangement with Yellow Creative Management, New South Wales, Australia.

Matthew Xia (Director) is Artistic Director of Actors Touring Company. He is a former Associate Artistic Director of Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester; Director in Residence at Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse; and Associate Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East. He is currently an Associate Artist at Nottingham Playhouse. Matthew is a founding member of Act for Change, a trustee of Artistic Directors of the Future and Cardboard Citizens. His productions include Shebeen (Nottingham Playhouse, touring); Blue/Orange (Young Vic) and Sizwe Banzi is Dead (Young Vic, touring) and The Wiz (Hope Mill Theatre).

Anya Jaya-Murphy (Nisha Gupta) trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2020. Theatre credits include Amsterdam (ATC – 2020), Provok’d (GSMD – 2019) and The Wheel (GSMD – 2019).

Angela Yeoh (Yvette Tang) Working across film, TV and theatre, Angela’s film credits include The Batman (DC), All The Old Knives (Amazon). TV credits include The Baby (HBO/Sky), Buffering (ITV), Ghosts (BBC). Theatre credits include One of the Good Ones (Hampstead Theatre), Hazards of Love (Cockpit Theatre). She trained with clown teacher Philippe Gaulier in France, plus two years of Meisner technique in London.

About the Organisation

Actors Touring Company (ATC) is the UK’s leading theatre producer of international plays. We create dialogue between Britain and the rest of the world – and between the intersecting cultures within nations. We are one of the only UK theatre companies committed to producing plays that come from beyond our shores. We are equally passionate about amplifying the voice of the ‘outsider within’, and the cross-cultural communities at the heart of our nation. Founded in 1980, ATC is a company that is continually evolving and seeking to reflect the UK of the 21st century in our work and the creative practitioners and communities we collaborate with and serve. In the last few years we have produced plays from Australia, Norway, Iran, Germany, Israel, and the US – bringing international voices to audiences across the UK, from Glasgow to Plymouth and internationally, from Helsinki to Hong Kong. Signature productions include: The Brothers Size (2008/2019), Amsterdam (2019/2020) and Family Tree (2021).