Call to teachers!

This year, the whole event will be live streamed and students can watch it all in the classroom if they can't come to the Riverside Theatres. And their vote will count too. The filmed version of the event will also be placed on this website for three weeks so that young people around Australia, and the world, can vote as well. Please see below for more details.

Read about the 2023 Event!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

ABOUT THE MARTIN-LYSICRATES PRIZE

The annual Martin-Lysicrates Prize, first award in 2017, celebrates the best new Australian writing in theatre for young people. At the heart of the Martin Lysicrates Prize are young people and their worldview. Young people are the inspiration and intended audience of this unique commission; as well as key participants in the process of awarding the annual Prize.

 The inspiration for the Martin Lysicrates Prize is the Great Dionysia Ancient Greek theatre festivals where the city of Athens stopped, spirited audiences converged, new plays were watched, and the people effectively chose their annual award-winning playwright. The Martin Lysicrates Prize honours past tradition and today’s young people by weaving democratic ideals and new cultural experiences together. 

The Martin Lysicrates Award is a genuine endeavour to inspire new stories and support playwrights to develop original scripts ready for production consideration. Along with a full commission, the winner enters a dramaturgical process, providing a fantastic opportunity for a playwright to work with a dramaturge from Australia’s leading producer of new works for young people. 

TEACHERS

THE MAGIC OF LIVE THEATRE, PLUS THE EMPOWERMENT OF THE DEMOCRATIC VOTE!

When: Tuesday 30th July 2024

Where: Riverside Theatre Parramatta or Livestreamed directly to your classroom Duration: 105 minutes (no interval)

Times: 11:00 - 12:45 (doors open 10:30)

Years: Suitable for students in years 6 - 10. Ideal for Drama, English and History students! All students must be accompanied by a teacher

Price: FREE! 

To register your Expression of Interest, please email us at: hello@lysicratesfoundation.org.au with your school details and the number of students that will attend.

THEATRE FOR ALL

WHAT IS THE MARTIN-LYSICRATES PRIZE?

Three new short plays specially written for 11 to 14 year olds compete for the kids’ votes. No sets, few costumes, no frills. Just brilliant actors reading from the original scripts, survivors of a tough selection process. Huge demands made on the kids’ imagination.

THE KIDS’ CHOICE!

Kids rule OK!  The Martin-Lysicrates Prize winner is chosen not by a panel of grown-ups, or an adult expert, but by the votes of the kids themselves.

Three finalists – new short Australian plays specially written for 11- to 14- year-olds.  No elaborate sets or costumes.  Just brilliant actors reading from the original scripts.  So kids have to use their imaginations.   They watch the three plays.  They shout, laugh, stamp their feet, wave their arms.  They make up their own minds which play should win the $15,000 Martin-Lysicrates Prize. 

If they’re watching in the theatre, they then file out and cast their first ever democratic vote.

If they’re watching the event in their classroom, the teacher counts the votes and emails them - they are still part of the overall vote.

If they watch the recording , at the end their teachers email their votes and they are still part of the overall vote!

Theatre + democracy + empowerment + fun = Magic!

Then they go off and write their own plays.  Or poems. Or stories.

And there’s a fabulous teacher’s kit to help teachers prepare for the event.

(And it’s all free).

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