Lally Katz is one of Australia’s most original and in-demand writers. She has written over 50 plays, most of which have been professionally produced. Lally’s work has been described “as if The Simpsons was written by Tennessee Williams” (Sydney Morning Herald 2016).
Her new play Hans & Gret premiered at the 2023 Adelaide Festival for the Arts with Windmill Theatre. She is currently writing episodes for an upcoming television series created by Shaun Tan.
The double bill she wrote with Brendan Cowell The Dog/The Cat premiered at Belvoir in 2015 and had a return season in 2017. It was performed in London and Las Vegas in 2018. She is currently writing a memoir for Allen and Unwin.
Lally wrote the libretto for Opera Australia’s operatic adaptation of The Rabbits by Shaun Tan which won the Australian Writers Guild Award in 2016 for Best Music Theatre script and won several Helpmann Awards, including Best New Work. Lally has recently had new, world-premiere plays open at Malthouse, Belvoir and at Melbourne Theatre Company. Her plays have been staged in London, New York City, Mexico City, Dublin and Delhi. Her one-woman show, Stories I Want To Tell You, has toured extensively and Lally adapted it for ABC TV and Matchbox Pictures in 2015. Lally wrote, starred and was a producer in the one-hour television production.
Lally has sold pilots to FX, Showtime and ABC Signature Studios. In 2022 she worked in the writer’s room for Hulu’s The Great, season 3.
Lally’s play, Neighbourhood Watch, was written for Australian actress Robyn Nevin and has enjoyed a subsequent season starring Miriam Margolyes. Lally is currently adapting it for the screen with Goalpost Pictures.
A Golem Story and Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd both won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. Lally’s work has received several Green Room Awards. A significant number of Lally’s plays are published by Currency Press, PlayLab and Australian Scripts Online. Lally regularly writes articles for magazines and newspapers and has been a panellist on television shows including Q&A, Agony of Modern Manners and Dirty Laundry.