Griffin Theatre Company and Seymour Centre present

Prima Facie

23 Jun - 10 Jul 2021

Past Event

IMPORTANT UPDATE 28 JUNE 2021: In light of the extended COVID lockdown in Greater Sydney, all remaining performances of Prima Facie have been cancelled. All ticketholders will be contacted by our Box Office.


"This is not life. This is law."

After a sold-out season at the Stables, Suzie Miller’s Griffin Award-winning tour de force makes its much-anticipated return to the stage in 2021.

Prima Facie is an indictment of the Australian legal system’s failure to provide reliable pathways to justice for women in rape, sexual assault or harassment cases. It’s a work of fiction, but one that could have been ripped from the headlines of any paper, any day of the week, so common you could cry.

Sheridan Harbridge stars as Tessa—a criminal lawyer at the top of her game who knows the law permits no room for emotion.

To win, you just need to believe in the rules. And Tessa loves to win, even when defending clients accused of sexual assault. Her court-ordained duty trumps her feminism. But when she finds herself on the other side of the bar, Tessa is forced into the shadows of doubt she’s so ruthlessly cast over other women.

Turning Sydney’s courts of law into a different kind of stage, this taut, rapid-fire and gripping one-woman show by Suzie Miller (Sunset Strip, Caress/Ache) exposes the shortcomings of a patriarchal justice system where it’s her word against his.

Maybe we need a new system.


Image credit: Brett Boardman

★★★★★ "Urgent and compelling."
Time Out
Griffin Award (2018), Major Award (2020 AWGIEs), David Williamson Prize for Excellence in Writing for Australian Theatre (2020 AWGIEs)
Award Wins

Following the 7pm performance on 6 July, join playwright Suzie Miller, Rita Shackel (Professor of Law and Ethics at Sydney University) and Andrew Dyer (Co-Director, Sydney Institute of Criminology), to discuss the topical legal and ethical issues raised in Prima Facie. The Q&A will run for approximately 60 minutes.

Writer Suzie Miller
Director Lee Lewis
Designer Renée Mulder
Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest
Composer & Sound Designer Paul Charlier
Stage Manager Khym Scott
Cast Sheridan Harbridge

Access the standard Prima Facie program for free and get to know the actors and creatives bringing the show to life at Seymour. Or, if you'd like a program with full script included, these will be available to purchase on the night of your performance for $15 each. Please arrive early to ensure you have time to complete your purchase.

We are a registered COVID-Safe business and we're committed to making your Seymour visit as safe and enjoyable as possible.

This show will be open to 100% seated capacity. Please consider your comfort levels before booking as you will be seated next to other booking groups.

Plus, in line with current NSW government rules, all patrons over 12 must wear a mask while inside our foyers and theatres. We also request patrons remain in their seats to help ensure a calm and safe experience for all.

Find out about our other COVID safety measures here.

Reginald Theatre

Wed 23 Jun 7pm
Thu 24 Jun 7pm
Fri 25 Jun 11am
Fri 25 Jun 7pm - CANCELLED
Sat 26 Jun 1pm - CANCELLED
Sat 26 Jun 7pm - CANCELLED
Mon 28 Jun 7pm - CANCELLED
Tue 29 Jun 7pm - CANCELLED
Wed 30 Jun 7pm - CANCELLED
Thu 1 Jul 7pm - CANCELLED
Fri 2 Jul 7pm - CANCELLED
Sat 3 Jul 1pm - CANCELLED
Sat 3 Jul 7pm - CANCELLED
Mon 5 Jul 7pm - CANCELLED
Tue 6 Jul 7pm - CANCELLED
Wed 7 Jul 7pm - CANCELLED
Thu 8 Jul 7pm - CANCELLED
Fri 9 Jul 7pm - CANCELLED
Sat 10 Jul 1pm - CANCELLED
Sat 10 Jul 7pm - CANCELLED

100 minutes (no interval). Total lockout applies.

Full $62
Senior, Group 8+ $52
Pensioner, Veteran, Full-time Student $46
Under 35 $38

$6 transaction fee applies.

If you are booking with a Dine & Discover voucher, please note that in line with the Dine & Discover T&Cs, only one voucher can be used per transaction. Vouchers can only be redeemed when booking online. Find out more here.

Contains descriptions of sex scenes and sexual assault. If you have questions regarding the content of the play please contact the Griffin Theatre Company Box Office.

NSW Rape Crisis: 1800 424 017 (24/7)
Sexual Assault Counselling Australia: 1800 211 028 (8am – 11pm, Mon – Fri)

Photography and filming prohibited.

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