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Riverside Theatres and Griffin Theatre Company present a strictly limited season of the awarding-winning Prima Facie, by the celebrated playwright Suzie Miller (Sunset Strip, Caress/Ache, All the Blood and All the Water).

Tickets are now on sale - 5 performances only.


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.

Photography by Brett Boardman

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, Suzie Miller's 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.

Photography by Brett Boardman

Prima Facie will be staged at Lennox Theatre, Riverside Theatres on:

  • 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 7:45 pm

  • ARTIST TALK Saturday 6 July at 4pm

    Secure your tickets now at Early bookings are advised.

    Please note this production contains adult themes and descriptions of sexual violence.

    For more information, please see


    NSW Rape Crisis 1800 424 017 (24/7)

    Sexual Assault Counselling Australia 1800 211 028

    (8am – 11pm, Mon – Fri)

    Photography by Brett Boardman
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    When: 3 - 6 July
    Where: Corner Church & Market Streets, Parramatta
    Cost: Adult $62 | Conc $57 | 30 & under $50 | Groups 10 $57 - Riverside Members ADULT $55 | Conc $50 | 30Club $30
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