Lally Katz

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Lally Katz is one of Australia’s most produced playwrights and she writes for film and television.

Two new plays by Lally, ATLANTIS and MINNIE AND LIRAZ, are scheduled for their world premiere productions at Belvoir and Melbourne Theatre Company in 2017.  THE CAT premiered in a double bill at Belvoir staring Xavier Samuel in 2015 and it returns (and moves upstairs) to the mainstage at Belvoir as part of the 2017 season.

Lally’s work for television includes; her standalone script for STORIES I WANT TO TELL YOU IN PERSON; one-hour drama series WONDERLAND, WENTWORTH and SPIRITED; and children’s series THE ELEPHANT PRINCESS. She is currently writing an original television series for Matchbox / NBCU.

In 2016 Lally’s play BACK AT THE DOJO had its world premiere at Belvoir Theatre in Sydney and THE RABBITS, her operatic libretto for Opera Australia and Barking Gecko Theatre Company, toured Australia. THE RABBITS was nominated for an International Opera Award and won four Helpmann Awards including Best New Australian Work and Best Presentation for Children.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH was written for Australian actress Robyn Nevin and first produced at Sydney’s Belvoir theatre. It toured to the Melbourne Theatre Company for a 2014 revival and a new production, starring Miriam Margolyes, opened at the State Theatre Company of South Australia that same year. Lally is currently adapting the play as a feature film with Gillian Armstrong attached to direct and Marian Mcgowan producing.

In 2013 Lally’s one-woman show, STORIES I WANT TO TELL YOU IN PERSON, played to packed audiences at Belvoir and Malthouse Theatre and was remounted off-Broadway in New York and a season in Mexico City. In 2014 it transferred to Hothouse Theatre and Brink Productions in Adelaide before heading to India on a 4 city tour in 2016.  STORIES was adapted into a one hour arts program for the ABC TV network in Australia written, starring and produced by Lally.

In 2011 Lally had three world premiere plays programmed in Australia: A GOLEM STORY at Malthouse Theatre, NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH at Belvoir and RETURN TO EARTH at Melbourne Theatre Company. Her wonderful play for children, STARCHASER, was produced by Arena Theatre in 2012.

Lally’s previous work includes GOODBYE NEW YORK, GOODBYE HEART which opened in New York in 2010; THE APOCALYPSE BEAR TRILOGY which played at the Melbourne Theatre Company as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival; WHEN THE HUNTER RETURNS which was commissioned and produced by The Gaiety School of Acting in Ireland and had a return season at the Dublin Theatre Festival; and GOODBYE VAUDEVILLE CHARLIE MUDD which premiered at Malthouse Theatre as a co-production with Arena Theatre.

Lally’s adaptation of FRANKENSTIEN was directed by Ralph Myers and she adapted stories from the Bible for THE MYSTERIES: GENESIS, both for Sydney Theatre Company. In 2007 Lally co-wrote CRIMINOLOGY with Tom Wright which was produced by Malthouse Theatre and Arena Theatre and two short plays WAIKIKI PALACE and HIP HIP HOORAY formed a double bill premiering at Sydney Theatre Company.

Stuck Pigs Squealing Theatre have produced a series of Lally’s plays: THE BLACK SWAN OF TRESPASS which played at Malthouse, Belvoir and the New York International Fringe Festival; and THE EISTEDDFOD, which premiered in Melbourne at the Storeroom Theatre and transferred to Malthouse, Belvoir, PS 122 and Richard Foreman’s Ontological Hysteric Theatre in New York City.

Lally has received many awards and nominations for her work. NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH was nominated for four Sydney Theatre Awards, including Best New Australian Work, Best Mainstage Production, Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Mainstage Production (Robyn Nevin) and Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Mainstage Production (Kris McQuade). The play was also nominated for an AWGIE, a Helpmann Award and a NSW Premier’s Literary Award. A GOLEM STORY and GOODBYE VAUDEVILLE CHARLIE MUDD both won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and RETURN TO EARTH was nominated for a NSW Premier’s Literary Award. FRANKENSTIEN was nominated for a Queensland Premier’s Award for Best Drama Script; THE BLACK SWAN OF TRESPASS won the New York International Fringe Festival Producer’s Choice Award and won several Green Room Awards; and THE EISTEDDFOD won the 2004 Best Independent Production Green Room Award.

Lally participated in the attachment programme at the Studio at the National Theatre in London in 2009 and won a British Council Realise Your Dreams grant for 2010. Lally was a Churchill fellow in 2010 and was appointed a Writer In Residence at Melbourne University in 2011.  In 2012 Lally won InStyle Magazine’s Women Of Style Award in the arts category and in 2013 she was the inaugural recipient of an Australian Writers’ Foundation Playwriting Grant. In 2014 Lally was also resident playwright at Malthouse Theatre.