Prima Facie

Town Hall Theatre

A Griffin Theatre Company Production

Prima Facie

By Suzie Miller


Griffin Theatre Company’s original production of Suzie Miller’s Griffin Award-winning tour de force—which went on to inspire a sold-out West End season and upcoming Broadway season— makes its much-anticipated return.


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 (RBG: Of Many, One, 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.

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Apr 13 2023


100 Minutes, no interval
7:30 pm - 9:10 pm


Town Hall Theatre - paranaple arts centre
Adult: $49.00
Concession: $45.00
Friends of the Theatre Member: $38.00
Warning: Contains coarse language and descriptions of sex scenes and sexual assault

“Sheridan Harbridge is superb as Tessa. Combative, controlled and clear-sighted in the first half, her decimation in the second is all the more gut-wrenching...”
Sydney Morning Herald