"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
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The theatre will operate at a reduced capacity of 75%, and under current public health regulations, booking groups will be seated directly next to each other, not socially distanced.
We request all patrons remain in their allocated seats and we strongly recommend that face masks be worn throughout the performance by patrons aged 12 and over, to help ensure a calm and safe experience.
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100 minutes (no interval). Total lockout applies.
Prima Facie is currently available to purchase as part of our Seymour Season mini multipack. Click to view pricing and to purchase a multipack. Single tickets on sale soon.
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.
NSW Rape Crisis: 1800 424 017 (24/7)
Sexual Assault Counselling Australia: 1800 211 028 (8am – 11pm, Mon – Fri)
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