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Prima Facie

By Suzie Miller

11-14 August 2021

HotHouse Theatre presents a Griffin Theatre Company production

“This is not life. This is law.”

After a sold-out season in 2019, Suzie Miller’s Griffin Award-winning tour de force is coming to HotHouse Theatre 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) exposes the shortcomings of a patriarchal justice system where it’s her word against his. Maybe we need a new system.

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

“Urgent and compelling.” —Time Out
“An astonishingly rich and refined work.”—Theatre Now
“The power of Miller’s script finds its match in both performer and production.”—Limelight
“Sheridan Harbridge is superb as Tessa.”—Sydney Morning Herald

Supported by Don Cameron & Associates

Duration 100 minutes, no interval
Content advice Adult themes, descriptions of sex scenes and sexual assault
Suitability 16 years +

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