"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
Tickets: School groups of 8+ $30 per student. One teacher free per 10 students, additional teachers at student price.
Years 11 – 12
Stage 6 Drama, Legal Studies
Q&A: Join Professor of Law and Ethics at University of Sydney, Rita Shackel, actor Sheridan Harbridge and playwright Suzie Miller for a 30 minute Q&A, unpacking key issues and examining themes in alignment with the Stage 6 Drama and Legal Studies syllabuses.
Resources: Teacher resource kits will be available for all bookings.
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
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|Fri 25 Jun||11am|
100 mins (no interval). Total lockout applies.
|Student groups 8+||$30|
One teacher free per 10 students, additional teachers at student price.
Recommended for ages 15+. Contains adult themes and descriptions of sexual violence. If you have questions regarding the content of the play please contact the Griffin Theatre Company Box Office.
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