Prima Facie

by Suzie Miller

This is not life. This is law.

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.

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.

Image by Brett Boardman

Duration 100 minutes, no interval Content advice Adult themes and sexual violence. Suitability 16 years +


Lee Lewis

Renée Mulder

Sound Design & Composer
Paul Charlier

Lighting Design
Trent Suidgeest

Sheridan Harbridge

“Tessa is brought to crackling life by Sheridan Harbridge, a regular presence on Australian stages”

“Miller draws her background as a lawyer into focus, explaining that the work “has been playing out in [her] mind since [her] law school days”.”

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