Attend the 2021 Martin-Lysicrates Prize


In this free event, young people are empowered to decide what stories they want to see on Australian stages!

The prize provides a valuable opportunity for playwrights writing for young people aged 11-14 to receive professional development and funding support. Students will watch the first act of 3 finalist plays presented as dramatic readings by professional actors, and then vote for their favourite play (adults don’t get to vote!). The winning playwright will then receive a full $12,000 commission to complete the work, with dramaturgical support from ATYP.

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. Bring your students along or sign up to watch the live-streamed performance via ATYP’s free On Demand platform for a fun, interactive and entertaining experience where they’ll learn about creative writing, the history of Drama and experience the magic of live theatre.

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 – 8


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 on ATYP’s free On Demand platform. School audiences watching around the country will cast their own vote for the winning play – which may or may not be the same as the in-person audience!

To sign up your school to attend the live-stream, head to where you can subscribe to On Demand and tick the ‘Register my school to attend’ box. If your school is already subscribed to On Demand, you will receive an invitation to attend the prize shortly.

For any queries please contact [email protected].



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-Lyscrates 2021 Curriculum Links

Teachers can access a resource kit from the Martin-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