IT'S said Australian play Prima Facie could not be more timely.
Hot on the heels of the Me Too Movement, 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.
It is timely.
Sadly, it would have been relevant at any stage during the past 50 years.
After a sold-out season in 2019, Suzie Miller's Griffin award-winning tour de force, Prima Facie, is coming to HotHouse Theatre in Wodonga next month.
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.
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HotHouse Theatre will open its season of Prima Facie at the Butter Factory Theatre on Wednesday, August 11.
Running for 100 minutes, Prima Facie has adult themes with descriptions of sex scenes and sexual assault.
It's recommended for people 16 years-plus.
For tickets visit hothousetheatre.com.au.
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HotHouse will invite local artists to audition for the show, which will run for six performances from October 6.
The third show is the compelling Chase, written and performed by Carly Sheppard.
With modern storytelling hailing from the streets of Frankston, Victoria, Chase will run for six shows from November 9.
WHAT: HotHouse Theatre presents Prima Facie, The Butter Factory Theatre, Gateway Village, Wodonga
WHEN: Wednesday, August 11, 8pm; Thursday, August 12, 8pm, Friday, August 13, 11am (school matinee) and 8pm, Saturday, August 14, 3pm and 8pm
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