The Griffin Theatre Company is focused on Australian writing. Located in Sydney’s historic SBW Stables Theatre, they lead the country in developing and producing great Australian stories, and are dedicated to supporting Australian artists.
In 2016 the Girgensohn Foundation supported the development of the play Rice, written by Michele Lee. Winner of the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2016-2017, Rice began its life as part of Griffins’s Story Lab, which explores cross cultural and cross art form storytelling practices.
Michele Lee is an important emerging voice in contemporary writing. Ambitious in form and idea, her observations on race, gender and power can both be brutal and tender. In this play Michele sets the personal politics of two women against the global politics of the world food economy. In doing so, she unpicks the vastly different relationship that migrants of varying generations and backgrounds have with Australia.
One of Griffin’s main goals for 2017 is to continue to reflect the diversity of contemporary Australia. Rice will achieve this goal as they engage with Asian/Australian playwright Michele Lee bringing this unique take on the Asia/Australia relationship to their stage. This production has also created two iconic roles for Asian/Australian actors – and with a largely female creative team it supports the pursuit of gender equality in the arts.
Rice will be presented at Queensland Theatre in Brisbane, Griffin in Sydney and Hothouse in Albury from June to August 2017.