See what people are saying about the Lysicrates Foundation and its events.

  • The Hon. Walt Secord

    ‘On the weekend, the inaugural Martin Lysicrates Prize was held to celebrate the best new Australian playwriting for children. It builds on the accomplishments of the Lysicrates Prize that has been running for the past three years … It became apparent to me at this year’s event that I was attending an important milestone in the development of Australian theatre, theatre for children and theatre that connects contemporary Australian theatre with its ancient origins … I pay tribute to John and Patricia Azarias for their personal commitment to the development of Australian theatre and their support for the development of Australian playwrights.’

    The Hon. Walt Secord,

    Shadow Minister for the Arts

    ‘On the weekend, the inaugural Martin Lysicrates Prize was held to celebrate the best new Australian playwriting for children. It builds on the accomplishments of the Lysicrates Prize that has been running for the past three years … It became apparent to me at this year’s event that I was attending an important milestone in the development of Australian theatre, theatre for children and theatre that connects contemporary Australian theatre with its ancient origins … I pay tribute to John and Patricia Azarias for their personal commitment to the development of Australian theatre and their support for the development of Australian playwrights.’

  • Lee Lewis

    ‘As much as we’d like to program every Prize winner at Griffin, it’s much more important that the plays that come out of the Lysicrates Prize become a national resource, with the possibility of being produced anywhere in Australia. We’ve had wonderful success in this area, with a total of six plays from the first three years of competition reaching the stage …’

    Lee Lewis,

    Artistic Director, Griffin Theatre Company

    ‘As much as we’d like to program every Prize winner at Griffin, it’s much more important that the plays that come out of the Lysicrates Prize become a national resource, with the possibility of being produced anywhere in Australia. We’ve had wonderful success in this area, with a total of six plays from the first three years of competition reaching the stage …’

  • The Hon. Greg Pearce

    ‘The [Lysicrates] foundation’s support for playwrights is an amazing opportunity for New South Wales. Connecting the classics and colonial Sydney with modern Australian talent and creativity provided the reason for John Azarias and Dr Patricia Azarias to bring together many supporters to enable the restoration of this fabulous monument in our wonderful botanical gardens. It is an acknowledgement of classical Greece and the production of talent through our playwriting competition with the Griffin Theatre. I congratulate all of them on their great work.’

    The Hon. Greg Pearce,

    MP, NSW Legislative Council

    ‘The [Lysicrates] foundation’s support for playwrights is an amazing opportunity for New South Wales. Connecting the classics and colonial Sydney with modern Australian talent and creativity provided the reason for John Azarias and Dr Patricia Azarias to bring together many supporters to enable the restoration of this fabulous monument in our wonderful botanical gardens. It is an acknowledgement of classical Greece and the production of talent through our playwriting competition with the Griffin Theatre. I congratulate all of them on their great work.’

  • The Hon. Tony Burke

    ‘The Lysicrates Foundation was created to support and inspire original Australian theatre … The foundation was started by Patricia and John Azarias. Together, they have endowed the foundation with their passion for performance and visual arts. The foundation hosts the Lysicrates Prize for original Australian plays … Organisations and prizes such as these are a fantastic way to celebrate Australian culture and encourage original Australian writing… Congratulations to John and Patricia and the whole foundation…’

    The Hon. Tony Burke,

    Manager of Opposition Business Federation Chamber

    ‘The Lysicrates Foundation was created to support and inspire original Australian theatre … The foundation was started by Patricia and John Azarias. Together, they have endowed the foundation with their passion for performance and visual arts. The foundation hosts the Lysicrates Prize for original Australian plays … Organisations and prizes such as these are a fantastic way to celebrate Australian culture and encourage original Australian writing… Congratulations to John and Patricia and the whole foundation…’

  • The Hon. Mark Dreyfus QC

    ‘[I] applaud the Foundation’s admirable efforts to encourage Australian creativity. … Another feature of the Foundation’s work that appealed to me was its democratic character. This is the first time in around 2500 years that a live theatre audience has been able to cast a vote to select a winning play, and as I sat in the audience in January, it occurred to me that in this theatre we were witnessing yet another instance of Australia’s tremendous ability to innovate.’

    The Hon. Mark Dreyfus QC,

    MP, Shadow Minister for the Arts

    ‘[I] applaud the Foundation’s admirable efforts to encourage Australian creativity. … Another feature of the Foundation’s work that appealed to me was its democratic character. This is the first time in around 2500 years that a live theatre audience has been able to cast a vote to select a winning play, and as I sat in the audience in January, it occurred to me that in this theatre we were witnessing yet another instance of Australia’s tremendous ability to innovate.’

  • Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield

    ‘I commend The Lysicrates Foundation for its work establishing a strong board; its commitment to securing private sector support; its encouragement of creativity; and its engagement with the artistic community through its partnership with Griffin Theatre Company … I am delighted to support this endeavour. Dionysus and Lysicrates would be amazed at the artistic success that has been achieved, half a world and almost 25 centuries away from the theatre at the base of the Acropolis.’

    Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield,

    Federal Minister for Communications & Minister for the Arts

    ‘I commend The Lysicrates Foundation for its work establishing a strong board; its commitment to securing private sector support; its encouragement of creativity; and its engagement with the artistic community through its partnership with Griffin Theatre Company … I am delighted to support this endeavour. Dionysus and Lysicrates would be amazed at the artistic success that has been achieved, half a world and almost 25 centuries away from the theatre at the base of the Acropolis.’