The Return of Lysicrates

After 2500 years, an arts patron gives again

The Lysicrates Foundation
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The Return of Lysicrates
The Return of Lysicrates

Published

27 November 2017

ISBN

9780522872637

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MUP Custom

The Return of Lysicrates

After 2500 years, an arts patron gives again

The Lysicrates Foundation
To all scribblers, daubers and assorted eggheads—a society's real treasures.
Starting with the birth of democracy and theatre in ancient Athens, The Return of Lysicrates transports you to today's Australia, with side visits to Ireland, Byron's Greece and the horse boxes of Parramatta's Government House.

It tells the story of how a couple's stroll in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney sparked two marvellous restorations: the first, Sydney's graceful replica of Athens' Lysicrates Monument; the second, a drama competition for which the ancient monument was built to celebrate.

On the way you will meet the extraordinary unknown figure after whom the hub of Sydney is named, rub shoulders with playwrights, actors and directors, and learn about the arcane techniques of stonemasonry.

And you will be intrigued that today in Australia, for the first time in 2500 years, the outcome of a free drama competition is decided by the votes of the audience, not the opinions of a panel or an artistic director. It is theatre for all. It is democracy.
Starting with the birth of democracy and theatre in ancient Athens, The Return of Lysicrates transports you to today's Australia, with side visits to Ireland, Byron's Greece and the horse boxes of Parramatta's Government House.

It tells the story of how a couple's stroll in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney sparked two marvellous restorations: the first, Sydney's graceful replica of Athens' Lysicrates Monument; the second, a drama competition for which the ancient monument was built to celebrate.

On the way you will meet the extraordinary unknown figure after whom the hub of Sydney is named, rub shoulders with playwrights, actors and directors, and learn about the arcane techniques of stonemasonry.

And you will be intrigued that today in Australia, for the first time in 2500 years, the outcome of a free drama competition is decided by the votes of the audience, not the opinions of a panel or an artistic director. It is theatre for all. It is democracy.

The Lysicrates Foundation

The Lysicrates Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation promoting the performing and visual arts in Australia. It pursues its purpose by, among other things, staging an annual playwriting competition known as The Lysicrates Prize Competition and funding the maintenance of the Choregic Monument of Lysicrates in Sydney's Royal Botanic Garden.

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