You are invited

In the presence of Australia’s Governor-General, His Excellency Gen. David Hurley, AC DSO, of Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley, of The Honourable T Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of New South Wales and Mrs Bathurst, to

The Lysicrates Foundation Annual Fundraising Dinner for the People’s Choice Playwriting Competition

Two delectable treats for our wonderful supporters this year. Luke Nguyen’s fabulous food. And one of our biggest successes, Farewell, Mr Nippy, performed just for you. 12 minutes of laughs and tears, winner of the audience and the viewers’ Martin-Lysicrates Prizes. (Could that be your young self up there on stage?)

Thanks to you, we have inspired dozens of young Australian playwrights (49 this year, up from 14 in 2015); thousands of people have been introduced to the magic of live theatre; kids have had their first experience of the democratic vote, have cheered, stamped and laughed, and have then gone home to write their own plays. We have had an unequalled success in getting plays finished and on stage – five in five years. All thanks to you! You’ve been fantastic.

And we now have a wonderful Patron, Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley, wife of our Governor-General, His Excellency Gen. David Hurley, AC DSO. Both General and Mrs Hurley will be attending, together with the Honourable Tom Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of New South Wales, and Mrs Bathurst. We have big and thrilling plans for the next five years – touring, new initiatives, new audiences. Our dinner is our only fundraising function in the year. Without you, we can’t steam ahead. Let’s take off together on this unique journey.


Theatre for all

It was free in ancient Athens and it’s FREE in Sydney.

After 2500 years, a world first – you, the audience, voting for the winner in a play competition. No panel, no artistic director, just three finalists, three brilliant new Australian first acts, and you, casting your vote. The winning playwright receives $15,000 to help finish their play!

Theatre reflects our Australian identity.

Come and shape it yourself.

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The history of Lysicrates

The origin and inspiration behind the annual playwriting competition Lysicrates Prize.


The Martin-Lysicrates Prize 2019

The Martin-Lysicrates Prize celebrates the best of Australian playwriting for children and you get to vote for the winner!

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