by Suzie Miller

Dismantle old thinking

26-29 April


HotHouse Theatre presents A Griffin Theatre Company production

This is not life. This is law.

After a sold-out run on the West End, Griffin Theatre Company’s original production of Suzie Miller’s Griffin Award-winning tour de force makes its much anticipated return to HotHouse Theatre.

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 Australia’s courts of law into a different kind of stage, this taut, rapid-fire and gripping one-woman show by Suzie Miller (Anna K, Sunset Strip) exposes the shortcomings of a patriarchal justice system where it’s her word against his. Maybe we need a new system.


Running Time: 100 minutes, no interval.

Content Advice: Contains descriptions of sex scenes and sexual assault.

Ticket Price:
$59 Full
$53 Concession

La Trobe Conversation: Thursday 27 Apr 6:15pm prior to show

Post Show Q&A: Friday 28 Apr

Dates and Times:
Wednesday 26 Apr 7:30pm (Opening)
Thursday 27 Apr 11:00am (Matinee – Schools + General Public)
Thursday 27 Apr 7:30pm (+La Trobe Conversation)
Friday 28 Apr 7:30pm (+Meet the Artists)
Saturday 29 Apr 3:00pm**
Saturday 29 Apr 7:30pm

Accessibility: **Audio Description and Tactile Tour.

Venue: Butter Factory Theatre


Lee Lewis


Renée Mulder


Trent Suidgeest


Paul Charlier


Sheridan Harbridge

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