Rice - Unity Theatre

Thursday 17th — Saturday 19th March


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

Performed Live at Unity


Actors Touring Company present the European premiere of this “wickedly funny and surprisingly touching take on race and class” (East by South East) by acclaimed Asian-Australian playwright Michele Lee, directed by Matthew Xia.


Nisha is a young hotshot executive working for Golden Fields, Australia’s largest producer of rice.  Nisha is determined to become the first female Indian CEO in Australia. She’s close to sealing a secret deal that would see her company take over India’s national rice distribution system.

Yvette, an older Chinese migrant, is the cleaner who sees to Nisha’s desk. Yvette has her own entrepreneurial ambitions, but her daughter faces court after leading a protest against a national supermarket chain.

Together they form a powerful – if unlikely – bond as they navigate the complexities of their lives and the world at large.


Rice explores migrants of different generations and the complex relationships they forge with their new home – and with each other. It’s a play about ambition, family and the unlikely friendship between a hotshot executive and the office cleaner.




Rice is brought to you by the acclaimed Actors Touring Company (The Brothers Size, The Events, Family Tree) and leading London producing house Orange Tree Theatre (Little Baby Jesus, An Octoroon) in association with Theatre Royal Plymouth, the principal home for performing arts in the South West. RICE is directed by ATC Artistic Director Matthew Xia (One Night in Miami, Sizwe Banzi is Dead, The Wiz).

Actors Touring Company (ATC) is the UK’s leading theatre producer of international plays. We celebrate and platform international and cross-cultural voices.

Director: Matthew Xia

Design: Hyemi Shin

Lighting Design: Bethany Gupwell

Lighting Associate: Chris McDonnell

Movement Director: Asha Jennings-Grant

Music & Sound Design: Lex Kosanke

Dialect Coach: Catherine Weate