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Winter Escape Season

Prima Facie

Griffin Theatre Company | Winter Escape Season

With regards to the ongoing impacts of coronavirus (COVID 19) on the performing arts industry, a number of future performances at Geelong Arts Centre and Costa Hall have had to be cancelled or postponed.

Unfortunately, a new date for Prima Facie could not be scheduled and this performance has now been cancelled.

As per the Live Performance Australia Ticketing Code of Practice you are entitled to a full refund:

Credit Card transactions - refunds will be processed automatically. Please note, this type of refund can take up to four business days to appear in your account

EFTPOS transactions - A team member from the Geelong Arts Centre Box Office will contact you to organise an alternate way to process your refund.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

“This is not life. This is law.”

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.

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 (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.

Please be advised that Prima Facie contains descriptions of sex scenes and sexual assault.

Sexual Assault Crisis Line Victoria (SACL)

1800 806 292

Sexual Assault Counselling Australia
1800 211 028 (8am – 11pm, Mon – Fri)


  • Playwright Suzie Miller
  • Director Lee Lewis
  • Designer Renée Mulder
  • Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest
  • Associate Lighting Designer Spencer Herd
  • Composer & Sound Designer Paul Charlier
  • Production Stage Manager Khym Scott
  • Deputy Stage Manager Lauren Frahamer
  • With Sheridan Harbridge
  • Photo by Brett Boardman

This production has been made possible by the generous support of The Girgensohn Foundation.

We have implemented a range of health, hygiene and physical distancing measures, in line with government guidelines. These measures include:

  • The wearing of face masks is mandatory across all Geelong Arts Centre venues
  • Hand sanitiser is available at hygiene stations in foyers and outside lifts and stairs
  • Capacity signage throughout venue and studios to promote physical distancing
  • Increased cleaning of all facilities
  • Disinfection of seating and touchpoints before each performance
  • Increased cleaning of foyer spaces and handrails
  • Increased cleaning of bathrooms
  • Sneeze guards at point of sale
  • Foyer seating arranged to ensure 1.5m distancing
  • Decreased capacities in theatres and foyers
  • Staggered audience entry and exit in venues
  • Physical distancing markers at queuing areas such as Food and Beverage outlets and Box Office
  • Staff monitoring traffic flow and distancing


Ticket prices

  • Full Price $59
  • Concession $53
  • Senior $56
  • Student 16+ Full Time $53
  • Child Under 16 $38


Studio 4


100 minutes, no interval.

Post Show Q+A

Thu, 19 Aug 2021 - 9:10pm