Queensland Premier's Drama Award | Queensland Theatre
Queensland Theatre congratulates Michele Lee and her play Rice – winner of the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2016-17. 

Michele Lee - Rice 

Michele is a playwright and writer working across stage and audio. Her current projects include: an Arts House digital theatre commission, The Naked Self (co-created with Tanya Dickson); a commission for a new play Going down (Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne via the Malcolm Robertson Prize); and a commission for a short plays project, Power plays, with Sydney Theatre Company. Michele is the 2016 WrICE Early Career Fellow and resident at the Playwrights Centre, Minneapolis in 2016. 

Synopsis: Nisha doesn’t ‘do’ Indian food. She prefers to sell to Indians. She’s the right-hand woman to the CEO of Australian rice company, Golden Fields, who is poised to seal a contract for rice distribution to the Indian government. Yvette doesn’t do humility but she’s working as a cleaner in the Golden Fields office, cleaning up the food scraps from Nisha’s table and bins. A fluid two-hander play where women topple women, women rescue women.

About the Award:

The Queensland Premier’s Drama Award is an award that develops, over a period of two years, a theatrical performance reflective of Queensland, culminating in a professional production.

The Queensland Government, through Queensland Theatre, will seek submissions from artists or groups of artists for this award in 2017 for the 2018-19 cycle of the Award.  Artists are invited to submit material for theatrical performance of quality and relevance to Australians today. The material may be submitted in a variety of formats – for example: video, audio, images, written – and may take a variety of forms – for example a complete play or a collection of short-works, first draft script,  pitch document, cabaret or musical,  multi-arts or physical theatre, or a work for young people. Only original material is eligible for the Award.

The goals of this Award are:

  • To provide audiences with new Australian performance work that is entertaining, engaging, challenging and relevant to Queensland audiences
  • To recognise work which contributes to critical debate and encourages reflection about Queensland
  • To promote the creation of high quality, original, artistic work
  • To provide professional development opportunities for artists who demonstrate quality, vibrancy and diversity of practice, and to promote these artists’ work and standing within our society

Submissions for the next cycle of the Award will not open until the second-half of 2017 for QPDA 2018-19.

For further information contact Shari Irwin, Producer (New Work and Development), 3010 7607 or sirwin@queenslandtheatre.com.au