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Rice by Michele Lee (Presented by Queensland Theatre and Griffin Theatre Company, published by Playlab)
Two very different women meet and form an improbable friendship. Nisha is rising through the corporate ranks while Yvette, a cleaner, is trying to save her daughter from gaol following a protest stunt tipping rotten fruit over a supermarket chain executive. With two Asian-Australian women at the fore, this play is a powerful indictment of capitalist values and of how quickly individualism can destroy our relationships. It is also a story of the coming together of people from disparate worlds and how they manage to influence each other, however briefly.
This intelligent and hugely ambitious play is terrifically funny, sometimes brutal and at all times deeply human. Reflecting the Australia we live in, Rice wrestles with global dilemmas on a human scale and invites us to re-examine our complicity in the abuse of power. With an excellent control of scale and intimacy, Rice showcases those who are so often invisible and routinely forgotten.
Image credit: Queensland Theatre, photographer David Kelly