The Martin-Lysicrates Prize 2021


ATYP was proud to partner once again with The Lysicrates Foundation and Riverside Theatres to present the exciting Martin-Lysicrates Prize 2021.


We are delighted to announce the winner of this year’s prize is Madelaine Nunn, for her play Seeing DoubleMaddie will now receive a full commission to complete the work, with dramaturgical support from ATYP.

Congratulations also to this year’s runners-up, playwrights Jacob Parker and Keziah Warner for their wonderful plays.



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!)

The event is a fun, interactive and entertaining experience where students 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.

In 2021, over 1000 students across Australia attended in person, via live-stream or the recorded performance via ATYP’s free On Demand platform where they watched all three plays and cast their votes.


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.