Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta, The Lysicrates Foundation and ATYP present
THE MARTIN LYSICRATES PRIZE 2019
National Theatre of Parramatta and The Lysicrates Foundation proudly presents The Martin Lysicrates Prize 2019 for playwrights writing for young people.
In this free event, your students will be empowered to decide what they get to see on our stages!
The prize, intended to support playwrights, provides an opportunity for finalists to receive professional development and funding support, and exactly who gets that support is up to the very people the plays are written for (11 – 14 year olds). Your students will see the first act of 3 finalist plays presented as dramatic readings by professional actors, after which the winner will be decided on by the students’ votes only. No adults are allowed to vote.
Inspired by the Ancient Greek theatre festivals, born out of democracy, where the audience decided a winner, The Martin Lysicrates Prize is a fun, interactive and entertaining experience for students, giving them scope to learn more about the History of Drama and Theatre as well as developing their interest in Creative Writing and live theatre.
Suitable for Years 7 – 8
Dates & Times
Thursday 22 August 2019 at 11am
Free, bookings are essential to secure your place
ABOUT JAMES MARTIN
In 1832, a 12-year-old Irish-born boy, brought up in the servants’ quarters of Parramatta Government House, made up his mind to get the best high school education the colony had to offer. But the colony’s top school was in Sydney, 13 miles away, and his parents had no money for the carriage fare. So – that determined boy walked, hitched rides, and stayed overnight, and got the finest education in the city, learning Latin and Greek. Overcoming poverty and discrimination, the boy rose to become Premier of New South Wales and Chief Justice, was an architect of the public education system, and built Sydney’s copy of the ancient Lysicrates Monument in Athens. The centre of Sydney is named after him, but he has been completely forgotten until now.
In 334 B.C., the annual drama competition that stopped the city of Athens for a week was won by a wealthy sponsor of the successful troupe of actors. The festival was free, and it was the audience, not an expert panel or an artistic director, that chose the winner. Democracy and theatre combined. The prestige of the win was enormous, and every year the victorious sponsor built a monument to celebrate. This year the monument – the only one to have survived – was so graceful and lovely that it has been copied all over the world. Ours is in the Botanic Garden.