On Sunday 24 March, 2019, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney will host the fifth annual Lysicrates Competition – a unique play contest inspired by the Garden’s beautiful Lysicrates Monument. This is a historic sandstone replica of the ancient Greek Choregic Monument, which still stands in Athens today. The marble original was built by Lysicrates, the winner of the 334 B.C. play competition, the Great Dionysia, to celebrate his victory that year.
The Sydney competition, produced in partnership with the Griffin Theatre Company, will showcase plays from some of Australia’s most exciting playwriting talent and provide a stunning cultural event.
Just as it was done in ancient Athens, the winning playwright in Sydney is democratically chosen by the votes of the audience itself. The successful playwright will receive a full commission of $15,000 from the Lysicrates Foundation to finish his or her play.
The Lysicrates Prize was created in 2015 by the Lysicrates Foundation, an organisation dedicated to the restoration of Sydney’s lovely monument for future generations to enjoy, as well as to the revival of the play competition that the monument inspired.