WE HAVE A WINNER!

The winner of the 2021 Martin Lysicrates Prize was MADELAINE NUNN for the funny, thought-provoking first act of her play titled “Seeing Double”, a riff on identity in the age of social media. Madelaine Nunn received a full commission totalling $15,000 to write the rest of the play, with the help of the Australian Theatre for Young People.

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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 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.

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