PRIMA FACIE / ˌprʌɪmə ˈfeɪʃi/ Latin origin: primus ‘first’ + facies ‘face’. Law: (1) On the face of it, or at first sight, there is enough evidence for a case to answer; (2) a prima facie case will prevail until contradicted or overcome by other evidence.

Young and super smart, Tessa is a defence barrister who has mastered the steely facade needed to be a winner. Things look good from the top.

Working hard makes playing hard a great stress relief. After a few drinks, Tessa hooks up with a colleague, yet what might become a hot romance suddenly spirals into a terrifying ordeal.

Tables turn and Tessa finds herself cast in a very different role in the legal system. Once unflappable, she now grapples to find her way out from under the same shadow of doubt she has so frequently cast upon others.

Sheridan Harbridge (Calamity Jane) brings her acclaimed portrayal of Tessa to Malthouse Theatre in this taut and topical one-woman drama. Playwright Suzie Miller injects first-hand legal knowledge into this timely invective directed at some shocking norms of Australian courts.

★★★★★
"AN URGENT AND COMPELLING WORK..."
— TIME OUT
★★★★½
"A PERFECTLY CALIBRATED PERFORMANCE FULL OF EMOTIONAL TRUTH"
— LIMELIGHT
★★★★
"A SEARING INDICTMENT OF THE LAW’S TREATMENT OF WOMEN."
— SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

Malthouse Theatre presents a Griffin Theatre Company production.

Key Image: Brett Boardman

Partners

BY /

Suzie Miller

DIRECTION /

Lee Lewis

CAST /

Sheridan Harbridge

DESIGN /

Renée Mulder

LIGHTING DESIGN /

Trent Suidgeest

COMPOSITION & SOUND DESIGN /

Paul Charlier

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access
Relaxed Performance

Dates & Times

PREVIEW 7pm, Wed 16 Sep
OPENING NIGHT 8pm, Thu 17 Sep
TIME TO TALK 7pm, Tue 22 Sep
RELAXED PERFORMANCE 2.30pm, Sat 3 Oct
SENIORS PERFORMANCES 2.30pm Sat 19 Sep, 2.30pm Sat 26 Sep, 2.30pm Sat 3 Oct

Location

Beckett Theatre

Malthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

Get directions

Train

Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.

Tram

The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.

Event notes

WARNINGS

Contains adult themes including descriptions of sexual violence, and coarse language. 

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