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 submitted the first act of a brand new play to the Prize and the three finalists’ entries received a staged reading. At the end, the students voted 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 was their first experience of the magic of live theatre. And of the power of the democratic vote.
A large number of schools attended in person and over one thousand students voted for their favourite play.
Schools throughout Australia (and overseas) joined us virtually by watching the recorded event that was live-streamed on ATYP's On Demand platform. And the great thing was that these students were still able to vote for their best play!
Find out about the origin and inspiration behind the annual playwriting competition Lysicrates Prize.