RICE

by Michele Lee

Everyone has problems to deal with – in the boardroom or the basement, global or local, business or personal. Two multicultural women making their way in modern Australia forge a powerful, if unlikely, friendship that gets results.

Working late, high up in a skyscraper, Nisha – at 28, a business prodigy and second- in-command of an Australian rice company – is closing a massive deal with the Indian government. Working later still is Yvette, who clears up her takeaway.

“Indian princess” and “Chinese cleaner” is all they see when they face each other across the desk. They’re from different cultures, different generations – but as the nights wear on, they discover the many ties that bind them, and help each other navigate their complex lives.

Brimming with sharp observations on globalisation, power, politics, and migration as well as plenty of wicked humour, Rice won Michele Lee the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2016-2017.
                                                                                                       

MELBOURNE TALAM

by Rashma N. Kalsie

I have completely lost my talam. All I hear is the ring of mobile phones, the noise of escalators, platform announcements and the trains squealing on the tracks. Where’s the koyal, where’s the ring of temple bells, where’s Carnatic music, where’s my mother’s voice?

Three young people see each other across a crowded Flagstaff station. They just missed the train. Now they wait. And think. They think about home: Punjab, Delhi, Hyderabad. And about how they just can’t seem to get Melbourne’s rhythm right. And of all the impossible things they must do to stay. And their time is running out.

Developed through MTC CONNECT and the NEON and Cybec Electric play development programs, this vibrant play puts Melbourne’s contemporary social issues at centre stage.