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Prima Facie

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03 Apr '24 to 14 Jun '24

Prima Facie

ITA Ensemble / Eline Arbo

Shows

Wed 03 Apr
20:30 - 22:10
Frascati, AMSTERDAM
performance / Geen pauze
Thu 04 Apr
20:30 - 22:10
Frascati, AMSTERDAM
performance / Geen pauze
Fri 05 Apr
20:30 - 22:10
Frascati, AMSTERDAM
performance / Geen pauze
Sat 06 Apr
20:30 - 22:10
Frascati, AMSTERDAM
performance / Geen pauze
Tue 09 Apr
20:30 - 22:10
Frascati, AMSTERDAM
performance / Geen pauze
Wed 10 Apr
20:30 - 22:10
Frascati, AMSTERDAM
performance / Geen pauze
Thu 11 Apr
20:30 - 22:10
Frascati, AMSTERDAM
performance / Geen pauze
Fri 12 Apr
20:30 - 22:10
Frascati, AMSTERDAM
performance / Geen pauze
Sat 13 Apr
20:30 - 22:10
Frascati, AMSTERDAM
performance / Geen pauze
Fri 31 May
19:30 - 21:10
Rabozaal
English surtitles / performance / Geen pauze
Sat 01 Jun
19:30 - 21:10
Rabozaal
English surtitles / performance / Geen pauze
Sun 02 Jun
15:00 - 16:40
Rabozaal
English surtitles / performance matinee / Geen pauze
Wed 05 Jun
19:30 - 21:10
Rabozaal
English surtitles / performance / Geen pauze
Thu 06 Jun
19:30 - 21:10
Rabozaal
English surtitles / performance / Geen pauze
Fri 07 Jun
19:30 - 21:10
Rabozaal
English surtitles / performance / Geen pauze
Sat 08 Jun
19:30 - 21:10
Rabozaal
English surtitles / performance / Geen pauze
Tue 11 Jun
19:30 - 21:10
Rabozaal
English surtitles / performance / Geen pauze
Wed 12 Jun
19:30 - 21:10
Rabozaal
English surtitles / performance / Geen pauze
Thu 13 Jun
19:30 - 21:10
Rabozaal
English surtitles / performance / Geen pauze
Prima Facie
03 Apr '24 to 14 Jun '24
ITA Ensemble / Eline Arbo

Eline Arbo directs Maria Kraakman in author Suzie Miller's award-winning play. Prima Facie is a cutting monologue that caused a stir on West End and Broadway, and has been broadcast worldwide in cinemas by National Theatre Live.

Location At ITA and on tour in the Netherlands
Duration 100 minutes
Genre theatre
Language Dutch
Surtitles English, 31 May until 13 June

Premiere Thu November 30

Please note this performance contains descriptions and images of sexual violence that may be perceived as confrontational. The performance uses strong lighting effects including a stroboscope. This performance contains images that may be unpleasant for people with emetophobia.

Maria Kraakman of the ITA Ensemble in Prima Facie of Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (ITA).
Maria Kraakman of the ITA Ensemble in Prima Facie of Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (ITA).

Prima Facie


Maria Kraakman plays the role of Tessa, a clever and ruthless criminal defence lawyer specialising in sex crimes. She has broken away from her working-class environment and now resides among the privileged elite. Justice is a sport to her. She feels that, compared to her male colleagues, she undercuts sexual abuse victims in a neat way. Until the tables irrevocably turn. An unexpected event confronts her with the tense relationship between the patriarchal power of the law, the burden of proof, and morality.
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With her adaptation of Weg met Eddy Bellegueule (Away with Eddy Bellegueule), Eline Arbo won the Regieprijs 2020 (Directing Award 2020). Last season, she directed the hit performance The Years based on the book by Annie Ernaux, the most recent winner of the Nobel Prize for literature. For ITA, she previously directed The Hours after the novel by Michael Cunningham and Penthesilea by Heinrich von Kleist. Since September 2023, Eline Arbo is Artistic Director at ITA.

Eline Arbo photographed by Fabian Calis

Eline Arbo on Prima Facie

"Suzie Miller knows how to tell an incredibly beautiful and personal story combined with a burning topical issue: modernising our sex offence code. In the Netherlands, too, we lag behind in protecting victims of sexual abuse. Prima Facie is a piece that brilliantly exposes how the age-old legal system is maintained and who is actually protected by our laws."

CAST

Language NP Language no problem Maria Kraakman Maria Kraakman

In the press

de Volkskrant

"Maria Kraakman acts masterfully"

NRC

"Maria Kraakman triumphs in poignant indictment of antiquated moral laws."

8weekly

"This monologue is a one-and-a-half-hour tour de force for the actor: Kraakman completes it in a seemingly effortless manner, with humour, as well as overcome with shame and sadness."

Director Eline Arbo and the ITA-ensemble bring Prima Facie to Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (ITA).
Suzie Miller
Tekstschrijver
Suzie Miller

Suzie Miller is a contemporary international playwright and screenwriter drawn to complex human stories often exploring injustice. Having been produced in 40 productions around the world winning multiple prestigious awards, she has been commissioned by, or been in residence at theatres including London’s National Theatre, the National Theatre of Scotland, Griffin Theatre Australia, Theatre Gargantua Canada and La Boite Theatre Australia.

In season 22|23 director Eline Arbo brings her play Prima Facie to the Dutch stage.

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Eline Arbo and Maria Kraakman of ITA Ensemble at rehearsal for Prima Facie in de Schuur, Haarlem.

DIGITAL BROCHURE

Read more about Prima Facie's story, context and creative team in our digital programme brochure.

TO THE BROCHURE
Maria Kraakman of the ITA Ensemble in Prima Facie of Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (ITA).
Eline Arbo
Director
Eline Arbo

Eline Arbo is Artistic Director at ITA since September 2023. Previously (2022 - 2023) she was already linked to ITA as Associate Artistic Director. From January ‘23, Arbo will be appointed Ibsen Artist in Residence, an initiative of the Philip Loubser Foundation, which gives directors with an international ambition the opportunity to develop themselves artistically.

In season 23|24 her directions of Prima Facie (Suzie Miller) and The Laws (Connie Palmen) will premiere at ITA and her directions of Penthesilea and The Hours will be reprised.

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Ibsen artist in residence

Since January 2023, Eline Arbo is Ibsen Artist in Residence, an initiative of the Philip Loubser Foundation, which gives directors with an international ambition the opportunity to develop themselves artistically. The Ibsen Artist in Residence receives an annual budget for their own artistic development, also outside ITA.

SEXUAL ASSAULT CENTRE

If you feel the need to talk after the performance, you can always contact the Sexual Assault Center (Centrum Seksueel Geweld). You can call (0800-0188) or chat completely anonymously.

MORE INFO

Credits


by Suzie Miller
direction Eline Arbo
translation and dramaturgy Anna Sijbrands
scenography Renée Faveere
light Varja Klosse
sound design and composition Thijs van Vuure
costumes Rebekka Wörmann

with thanks to Private Producers Joost and Marcelle Kuiper, Peter Nohlmans and Esther Kwaks
this production is supported by the Philip Loubser Foundation within Eline Arbo's Ibsen Artist in Residency
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cast Maria Kraakman

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