The Martin Lysicrates Prize 2020

Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 07 September 2020
Category Live Event


The Martin Lysicrates Prize 2020 has been cancelled and will return in 2021.

Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta, The Lysicrates Foundation and ATYP present

“The Martin Lysicrates Prize is one of the few times I’ve had the pleasure of kids talking critically about theatre and writing. Normally we just get ‘I liked it because it was funny’, but the structure of the prize meant that students really had to consider and talk about their response to each play.” – Michael Mitchell, Teacher, Granville South CAPA High School

Save the date! The fourth annual Martin Lysicrates Prize returns to Riverside in 2020.

In this free event, your students will be empowered to decide what they get to see on our stage.

The prize, intended to support playwrights, provides an opportunity for finalists to receive professional development and funding support. 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 three finalist plays presented as dramatic readings by professional actors, after which the winner will be determined based on the students’ votes (no adults are able 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.

Can’t make it? Full videos of each playreading will be available online after the event for you to stream in class. Your students will also have the opportunity to vote online for their favourite, and the winner of the online vote will receive a prize! For more information about the event, online voting and to download the detailed education resource kit developed by the English Teachers Association of NSW, visit

(Stage 4)

Curriculum Links and Resources

Download the Curriculum Links here: The Martin Lysicrates Prize Curriculum Links

Riverside’s Risk Assessment

Download the Risk Assessment here: Risk Assessment 2020

Download a sample of a generic risk assessment here: Sample – Generic Risk Assessment


Download information about access at Riverside here: Access at Riverside

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Dates and Times:

Schools Performance
Monday 7 September

Bookings open early 2020.
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All tickets $Free

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School Bookings $4.00

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