Griffin Theatre Company and Seymour Centre present

Prima Facie

2 - 12 Sep 2020

Past Event

Event cancelled week of 17 August 2020 due to COVID crisis.

Winner of the 2018 Griffin Award, 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, Suzie Miller's (Sunset StripCaress/Ache) taut, rapid-fire and gripping one-woman show 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

★★★★★ "An urgent and compelling work: one that should be as widely seen for its craft, just as much as its subject matter should be better understood... Run, don't walk."
Time Out

Following the 6:30pm performance on Monday 7 September, join playwright Suzie Miller, Rita Shackel (Professor of Law and Ethics at Sydney University) and Andrew Dyer (Deputy Director, Sydney Institute of Criminology) to discuss the topical legal and ethical issues raised in Prima Facie.

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

Reginald Theatre

Wed 2 Sep 7:30pm
Thu 3 Sep 7:30pm
Fri 4 Sep 7:30pm
Sat 5 Sep 2pm, 7:30pm
Mon 7 Sep 6:30pm (plus post-show Q&A)
Tue 8 Sep 7:30pm
Wed 9 Sep 7:30pm
Thu 10 Sep 7:30pm
Fri 11 Sep 7:30pm
Sat 12 Sep 2pm, 7:30pm

100 mins (no interval). Lockouts apply.

Full $62
Senior $52
Concession $46
Under 35 $38

$6 transaction fee applies.

For ages 15+. Contains adult themes and descriptions of sexual violence. Photography and filming prohibited. Mobile phones to be switched off.

The only authorised ticket sellers for this event are Seymour Centre and Griffin Theatre Company. If you purchase from an unauthorised seller, you risk that your tickets may be fake or invalid.

More Events