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Prima Facie


Lennox Theatre


03 July - 06 July 2019

Event Type

Live Event

Riverside Theatres presents
Griffin Theatre Company

Prima Facie

By Suzie Miller

This is not life. This is law.

One of our country’s greatest actors, Kate Mulvany, 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.

Turning Sydney’s courts of law into a different kind of stage, Suzie Miller’s (Sunset Strip, Caress/Ache) taut, rapid-fire and gripping one-woman show exposes the shortcomings of a patriarchal justice system where it’s her word against his.

Maybe we need a new system.

Dates & Times
Wednesday 3 July at 7:45pm
Thursday 4 July at 7:45pm
Friday 5 July at 7:45pm
Saturday 6 July at 2:15pm and 7:45pm

ARTIST TALK Saturday 6 July at 4pm

Kate Mulvany


Lee Lewis

Lee is the Artistic Director of Griffin Theatre Company and one of Australia’s leading directors. For Griffin she has directed: The Bleeding Tree (Best Director at the 2016 Helpmann Awards), Kill Climate Deniers, Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography, The Homosexuals or ‘Faggots’, Rice, Masquerade (co-directed with Sam Strong), Gloria, Emerald City, A Rabbit for Kim Jong-il, The Serpent’s Table (co-directed with Darren Yap), Replay, Silent Disco, Smurf In Wanderland, The Bull, The Moon and the Coronet of Stars, The Call, A Hoax, The Nightwatchman. Other directing credits include: for Griffin and Bell Shakespeare: The Literati, The Misanthrope; for Bell Shakespeare: The School for Wives, Twelfth Night; for Belvoir: That Face, This Heaven, Half and Half, A Number, 7 Blowjobs, Ladybird; for Hayes Theatre Company: Darlinghurst Nights; for Melbourne Theatre Company: Gloria, Hay Fever and David Williamson’s Rupert, which toured to Washington DC as part of the World Stages International Arts Festival and to Sydney’s Theatre Royal in 2014; for Sydney Theatre Company: Honour, Love-Lies-Bleeding, ZEBRA!; for Darwin Festival: Highway of Lost Hearts.

Renée Mulder

Sound Designer & Composer Paul Charlier

A long time ago Paul played with the industrial music outfits SoliPsiK and SPK.  Since then he has composed and produced the scores and sound designs for over one hundred and seventy performances, dance works, installations, radio and television productions and films.

Paul Charlier’s theatre credits include Afterlife (National Theatre, UK), Dreams of Violence (Out of Joint, UK), Deuce (Broadway), The Cost of Living (DV8 Physical Theatre), Honour Bound (Sydney Opera House/Malthouse), Already Elsewhere (Force Majeure); Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Diary of a Madman, Toy SymphonyThe Lieutenant of InishmoreBuried ChildAftershocks, Suddenly Last SummerThe Judas Kiss and Hamlet (Belvoir Street Theatre); Cyrano, Uncle VanyaTot MomA Streetcar Named Desire, Love-Lies-Bleeding, Ying Tong, VictoryThe Cherry OrchardDemocracyCopenhagen (Sydney Theatre Company). He was Composer for the feature films CandyLast Ride and Suzy & the Simple Man, Music Supervisor for Holding The Man, Sound Designer and Music Mixer for Paul Kelly – Stories of Me and Music Supervisor for Holding The Man. Paul received Sydney Theatre Awards for Honour BoundA Streetcar Named Desire and Diary of a Madman, a Helpmann Award for A Streetcar Named Desire and an Australian Screen Sound Guild Award for Paul Kelly – Stories of Me. Paul wrote and produced the ABC Radio features A Plan For Eurydice, The Touring Machine and A Fall. In 2017 he co-directed the poly-media dance work WIRELESS and this year is shortlisted for the BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition.

Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest

Trent Suidgeest’s lighting design credits include: for Griffin: Kill Climate DeniersThe Homosexuals or ‘Faggots’; for Sydney Theatre Company: Accidental Death of an Anarchist  Talk, Hay Fever; for STC/Global Creatures: Muriel’s Wedding  The Musical; for Opera Australia: CarmenSydney Opera House—The Opera (The Eighth Wonder)The Rabbits; for Hayes Theatre Co: Calamity Jane (including Australian Tour and Belvoir)GyspyDarlinghurst NightsThe View UpStairs, Only Heaven Knows; for The Production Company: The Boy From OzDustyJesus Christ SuperstarNice Work If You Can Get It, The King & I; for Black Swan State Theatre Company: over 20 mainstage productions including recently Summer of the Seventeenth Doll; for Barking Gecko Theatre Company: DuckDeath and the TulipJasper Jones. In 2015 Trent received the Mike Walsh Fellowship and the WA Department of Culture and the Arts Young People Fellowship; he went on to assist at Toneelgroep Amsterdam with Ivo van Hove and Jan Versweyveld on their Shakespearian epic Kings of War.

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1 hour 30 minutes (no interval)

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