Prima Facie
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Hamilton Arts Festival


  • Thu 29 Feb 2024, 6:00pm–7:15pm
  • Fri 1 Mar 2024, 7:30pm–8:45pm
  • Sat 2 Mar 2024, 4:00pm–5:15pm


Something has to change

Tessa is a criminal defence lawyer at the top of her game and is loving it: defending, cross-examining, and playing the rules of the law to win. But when the tables turn she finds herself at the mercy of the very system that she has dedicated her life to. Shadows of doubt are illuminated, making us question, 'Who is our legal system really serving?'

Winner of the 2023 Olivier Award for Best Play, this vital, witty, gripping one-woman show had a sell out season at Circa Theatre, Wellington. Starring Mel Dodge and directed by Lyndee-Jane Rutherford, Prima Facie is a phenomenal production that continues an urgent conversation for Aotearoa New Zealand.

There will be post-show Q&A sessions after the 29 Feb and 1 Mar performances.

Presented by Kavanah Productions & BRAVE Theatre

Winner: Best New Play 2023, Olivier Awards

Winner: Stage Award 2020, Australia Writers' Guild

Winner: Outstanding Theatre Writing 2020, David Williamson Award

Winner: Major Award 2020, Australia Writers' Guild

Winner: Griffin Award 2018, Griffin Theatre Award

*This show includes themes of sexual assault. Recommended for audiences 12+

“This play is the reason you go to the theatre.” Courier Mail

“An urgent and compelling work…run, don’t walk.” ★★★★★ Time Out

Prima Facie was first produced by Griffin Theatre Company in 2019 at the SBW Stables Theatre.

Prima Facie qualifies for multi show discount of GA tickets.

Clarence St Theatre

69 Clarence Street, Hamilton

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