Actors Touring Compnay are touring the UK again in 2022 - with RICE by Michele Lee, an acclaimed Asian-Australian playwright, directed by Matthew Xia, ATC’s Artistic Director.

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

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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.

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“A feast of diverse delight, pushing the labels of culture and ambition in a gendered workplace" Tribe Arts

“A wickedly funny and surprisingly touching take on race, class and environmentalism" East by South East

"Had to remind myself that the broad range of characters were played by just two (amazing!) actors" Yellow Bee Pod

"Matthew Xia directs with sensitivity and Bethany Gupwell’s lighting design is particularly evocative …A thoughtful take on the power of women at work” The Guardian

“Do see this work of understated virtuosity, rich in character, substance, a shape-shifting singularity” Fringe Review

“A thought-provoking take on an unusual female friendship” Broadway World

“A play that feels both ambitious and necessary” The Stage


Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available. To discuss any access needs, take a look at our access page or please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.