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 Government, through Queensland Theatre Company, takes submissions from artists or groups of artists for this award.
Since its inception in 2002, Queensland Theatre Company has developed 24 plays as part of this award, employed more than 160 actors, writers and directors, and generated audiences of more than 26,000 for new and emerging Queensland work.
The Award covers a two-year cycle. In the first year, three finalists are selected and their works undergo creative development with industry professionals prior to judging and the announcement of the winner. The second year involves further development of the winning play followed by the professional world premiere production and the publication of the script.
Michele Lee’s original play Rice is the story of two women working for an Australian rice company poised to seal a contract for rice distribution to the Indian Government. It is described as ‘a fluid two-hander play where women topple women, women rescue women.’
QTC Artistic Director Sam Strong said,"Rice is a sophisticated portrait of contemporary Australia right now, a play that depicts who we are and who we want to be in all its complexity and diversity. It is deliciously theatrical, expertly blends dry humour and sharp insight, and I cannot wait to see it on our stage."
Michele Lee is a playwright and writer working across stage and audio. Her recent projects include a new playGoing Down (Malthouse Theatre via the Malcolm Robertson Prize) and a commission for a short plays project,Power Plays, with Sydney Theatre Company.
The previous Queensland Premier’s Drama Award winner was Daniel Evans whose playOedipus Doesn't Live Here Anymore was part of the Queensland Theatre Company's 2015 season.