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The Martin-Lysicrates Prize celebrates the best of Australian playwrights. The most votes from students in the live audience and those on live streaming have been tallied and now we just wait for the voting of the recorded streaming to be completed. The deadline date is Friday 25th May 2021. The three finalists are: - Seeing Double by Madelaine Nunn - The Mysterious Disappearance (and most likely murder) of Christine Babbernock by Jacob Parker - Total Eclipse of the Heart by Keziah Warner

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What’s it all about?

The Martin-Lysicrates Competition celebrates the best new Australian writing for young people, specifically years 7 and 8.  It is the only play competition for students where the winner is selected by the votes of the audience, and so is highly participatory. It’s also lots of fun.  Talented Australian playwrights submit the first act of a brand new play to the Prize and the three finalists’ entries will receive a staged reading. At the end, the students vote on which play they’d like to see finished.  It’s a modern twist on a proud democratic and theatrical tradition from ancient Greece, the birthplace of world theatre. 

For many students,  it’s their first experience of the magic of live theatre.  And of the power of the democratic vote.

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