The2024Lysicrates Event

The 2024 Lysicrates Prize took place on Sunday 25 February 2024.

A packed audience including many guests of honour had a wonderful afternoon and evening of enjoyment and fun.

The afternoon began with our traditional Didgeridoo welcome by Tu Wai.

After the welcome by John Azarias, Co-Founder, the Premier of NSW, The Hon Chris Minns gave his opening remarks.

Our compere, Hayden Tonazzi, then introduced the first of the three plays which turned out to be the subsequent winner. Once all three had been performed the audience filed out and placed their voting token in one of the three urns in the foyer. They then made their way down to the area in front of the Lyscrates Monument in the Botanic Gardens.

Here drinks and food were available and our Greek Out of the Blue Trio consisting of Anthony Kekatos playing the bouzouki , Peter Kalandranis on guitar and Dimitri Vouros on flute entertained the guests and set the right ambience for an occasion such as this.

Brett Summerrell, Acting Chief Executive of the Botanic Gardens welcomed everyone to the Gardens.

His Excellency General, The Hon David Hurley and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley then took the stage. There was a murmur of expectation and then great jubilation when Jacob Sgouros with his play "Ripple" was announced the winner.

Mrs Hurley then gave a rousing rendition of the Ballad of Lysicrates and everyone joined in. She then followed up with an impromptu chorus of "you are my sunshine".

What a fitting way to end a memorable day!

The 2024 Finalists



Playwright: Jacob Sgouros

Jacob Sgouros is a Greek-Australian writer, actor, and musician based in Sydney. Growing up in rural New South Wales, he quickly took a shine to community theatre, getting his big break at the age of eight in the role of a reincarnated Elvis in a children’s adaptation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which enjoyed a sold-out week-long season at the Mittagong Playhouse to an understandably confused audience (though he caught the arts-bug nonetheless).

 In 2023, Jacob began work as a writer and narrative designer for a currently undisclosed project co-produced by South Korean gaming company Netmarble Neo, HBO, and Warner Brothers. As part of the Australian Theatre for Young People’s National Studio program, Jacob’s work 2AM IN SUBURBIA was published by Currency Press as part of the program’s Intersection: Unleashed collection, and was subsequently longlisted for ATYP’s Foundation Commission, and shortlisted for Melbourne Theatre Company’s Cybec Electric program. Jacob is one of two head writers on Well, Actually Productions’ upcoming web-series Fangs and Fur.

 Having come from a multicultural home, Jacob is passionate about using humour to tell stories about people attempting to juggle conflicting ideals, typically through the lenses of grief and family. When not writing or acting, Jacob can usually be found on the couch with his dog, Moose, trying to convince his partner that watching tv shows he has already seen too many times is not, in fact, a waste of time.



Playwright: Keziah Warner

Keziah is an award-winning playwright and dramaturg based in Melbourne. In 2023, she had two mainstage world premieres: her adaptation of FW Murnau’s NOSFERATU directed by Bridget Balodis opened at Malthouse Theatre to critical acclaim and packed houses; and HOUR OF THE WOLF, a large scale immersive show written by Keziah, co-created and directed by Matthew Lutton, for Malthouse Theatre. She is currently under commission to write new plays for Malthouse Theatre and Red Stitch Theatre as part of their INK programme.

She has won Sydney Theatre Company’s Patrick White Playwrights Award, been shortlisted for the Griffin Award, the Martin-Lysicrates Prize, the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award and the Max Afford Award, highly commended in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and longlisted for Soho Theatre's Young Writers Award.

Her writing credits include: NOSFERATU (Malthouse, 2023), POONA (Next Wave, 2021), CONTROL (Red Stitch Actors' Theatre, 2019), HELP YOURSELF (MTC's Cybec Electric, 2019), LUNA (VCA, 2019), and HER FATHER’S DAUGHTER (Hotel Now, 2018).

Keziah is an alumna of Melbourne Theatre Company’s Women in Theatre Program, Malthouse Theatre's Besen Family Artist Program, Red Stitch Actors' Theatre's INK Program, Playwriting Australia’s Post-Production Program, and Soho Theatre’s Writers Lab, UK.

NOSFERATU and CONTROL are published by Currency Press.

The Mountain Remembers

The Mountain Remembers

Playwright: Daley Rangi

Daley Rangi is a shapeshifter, a Te Ātiawa Māori artist at large. Joyfully unpredictable, they generate antidisciplinary works investigating injustice and speaking truth to power. They are neurodivergent, which infiltrates and informs their practice. Thus far, they have exhumed tall tales of ecological sovereignty, disability autonomy, contested history, ethical anthropophagy, queer adaptability, ideological virality, and many other manifestations.

Daley is currently in-residence at Sydney Theatre Company through Watershed: Writers. Daley's plays include Curiosity (shortlisted for the Griffin Award and Patrick White Playwrights Award), Tātaraimaka-moana, or, Beautiful Place by the Sea (shortlisted for the Griffin Award and Queensland Premier's Drama Award), and Fever Pitch, a commission with Malthouse Theatre.

Their other performance works include Takatāpui (Sydney Opera House/The Blue Room Theatre/Basement Theatre), Lipstuck (PICA), and Dissent (Arts House). For STC, they worked as Assistant Director on City of Gold and Fences. For Griffin Theatre Company, they worked as Associate Director on The Lewis Trilogy. Daley was the winner of the Midsumma Art Award in 2020, and recipient of the Stephen Cummins Residency the same year, undertaken with Performance Space. They have also published a collection of poetry and hauntings, titled Burnt Tongue.