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Preview: Rice online


A delicious blend of storytelling, food and song


A Wayang Kitchen and Omnibus Theatre online co-production

Performed live from both Malaysia and the UK on 20th, 21st, 27th & 28th February 2021


“My life is shaped by a series of experiences at the dinner table.”


1990’s Kuala Lumpur: Connie Cheng is a modern Malaysian-born Chinese woman, torn between the traditional values of her grandmother and her glamourous life as a late-night lounge singer. 2021, London: Now a first generation British Chinese Malaysian, Connie realises she’s lived longer in the UK than she ever did in Malaysia.


Rice! is a story of migration, the delicate existence of life between two cultures and the food that shapes it. How do you hold onto the past while looking towards the future?


Wayang Kitchen presents an immersive, edible journey, performed live from two separate locations in Malaysia and the UK, connecting East and West via Zoom. Written by Vera Chok (#1 Amazon bestseller The Good Immigrant) and featuring actors Amanda Ang (New York Festival’s Best Actress Award  Winner, Last Madame) and Michelle Wen Lee (Miss Saigon, Hey Mr Producer, London Road, Rogue Trader), viewers will be invited to fill their homes with the scent of Chinese five spice and taste Connie’s life through a delicious blend of storytelling, food and song.


As part of the experience audiences will have the option to taste some of the food that defined Connie, during the show. A package of simple ingredients will be delivered with printed instructions straight to their door for easy preparation prior to the show. Alternatively, audiences are also invited to join a 1-hour pre-show virtual cooking class to prepare their light meal.


This unique culinary theatre experience, cooked up by Wayang Kitchen, a new theatre company based in Malaysia which fuses food and performance, was founded in 2019 by Hester Welch and Razif Hashim, who are also directing this production from their respective countries and working around the challenges caused by the pandemic.


This show is co-produced with Omnibus Theatre and supported by The British Council Digital Collaboration Fund, which supports UK and overseas cultural partnerships to develop digitally innovative ways of collaborating.

‘Taking the term "dinner with a show" to new heights’

As featured in Tatler Asia about Wayang’s production of Murder At The Masquerade in Kuala Lumpur in association with the Copper Restaurant



Amanda Ang:                                   Connie  (Kuala Lumpur)

Michelle Wen Lee                            Connie (UK)


Creative Team:

Writer:                                     Vera Chok

Directors:                                Hester Welch and Razif Hashim

Produced by:                          Hester Welch and Razif Hashim

Consultant producer:              Felicity Paterson


Show Information

4 Performances:                    20th, 21st, 27th, 28th February

Time:                                     12.30 (lunchtime)

Show running time:                          1 hr

Pre-show cooking demo session:   1 hr

The performance will take place on Zoom, a link and any further access details will be sent to the email address you used to book one day ahead of the event.


Booking link:


There are three ticket options for this production:

£  10 Performance only

£  16 Performance PLUS food kit for (1-2 persons) or £20 (3-4 persons). This includes access to 1-hour pre-show virtual cooking class. 

* Each food kit supplied by 5 Foot Way is a light meal, delivered in recyclable packaging. A vegetarian option is available.

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