Attend the Martin-Lysicrates Prize 2021


We are proud to be partnering once again with The Lysicrates Foundation and Riverside Theatres to present the exciting Martin-Lysicrates Prize 2021.


Inspired by the Ancient Greek theatre festivals where audiences voted for a winner, The Martin-Lysicrates Prize champions the best new Australian writing for young people.

Playwrights submit the first 10-15 minutes of a new play for young people aged 11-14. The top three plays each receive a day’s rehearsal with a professional team of artists and are then performed on stage before an audience of young people who will vote for the winning play (adults don’t get to vote!)

Bring your students along or sign up to watch either the live-streamed or recorded performance via ATYP’s free On Demand platform for a fun, interactive and entertaining experience where they’ll learn about the democratic vote, creative writing, the history of Drama and experience the magic of live theatre. Many students have been inspired to write their own plays and stories after attending the prize.


The winning playwright (determined by the combined total votes of young people viewing in-person, via live-stream and via the recorded event) will receive a full $12,000 commission to complete the work, with dramaturgical support from ATYP. A special cash prize of $3,000 will be awarded at the live event to the playwright who receives the most votes on the day, and the runners up will receive $1,000 each.


ATYP will work closely with the winner to develop the script from the first draft to completion.

Please note: there is no commitment to produce the completed script. 

Find out more about The Martin-Lysicrates Prize here.
Find out more about Riverside Theatres here.

When: Wednesday 16 June, 11am
Where: Riverside Theatres, Parramatta
Cost: Free – bookings are essential
Suitable for: Years 7 – 9


For further information and to book please contact Riverside’s Education Booking Coordinator on 8839 3308 or email [email protected], or fill in the Riverside Schools Bookings Form here.


Schools who are unable to attend in person have the option to watch the performance live-streamed via ATYP’s free On Demand platform and cast their votes virtually.

To sign up your school to attend the live stream, please contact [email protected] with your school’s details, using the subject line ‘ML Prize.’


A recorded version of the live stream will be accessible until 3pm on Friday 25 June via ATYP’s free On Demand platform for teachers to view with students at their convenience (don’t forget to submit your voting form after watching!) Book your access to the recorded event by contacting [email protected] with your school’s details, using the subject line ‘ML Prize.’



According to the exemption under the public health order (COVID 19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 7) 2020 (NSW) under the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW), issued on February 1 2021, organised groups who enter a premises as part of a school, child care, aged care or disability group are not required to provide the premises with contact details of every person in their group. This is subject to the following conditions:

  • It is duty of the group organiser (teacher or carer) to keep an electronic record of the entire group and their contact details for 28 days after the event.
  • The group organiser must provide the premises (Riverside Theatres) with at least two contacts to make available to NSW Health.

Curriculum Links and Resources

Download the Curriculum Links here: The Martin-Lysicrates Prize 2021 Curriculum Links

Teachers can access a resource kit from the Lysicrates Foundation, designed to develop a love of theatre amongst your students. Containing a comprehensive store of content and classroom activities exploring the development of theatre and democracy, the kit contains eleven hands-on and participatory lessons specially developed for years 7 and 8 school classes: Download the Teachers Resource Kit