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Biography

Lally Katz lis a graduate of the University of Melbourne. She studied playwriting at London’s Royal Court Theatre. Her plays include Frankenstein, The Black Swan of Trespass, The Eisteddfod, Criminology (with Tom Wright) and Goodbye New York, Goodbye Heart. Her 2009 play, Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd, received the State Library of Victoria’s Louis Esson Prize for Drama. Awards include several Green Room and Melbourne Fringe Awards, and a New York International Fringe Festival Producer’s Choice Award.

Atlantis
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Atlantis

Lally Katz
 

Lally Katz is on a journey. She’s left Australia behind and she’s in the country of her childhood, trying to find a way back to when things were innocent. Her relationships are chaotic, her professional life is a shambles and contemporary America seems riddled with charlatans and shysters. But along the way moments of wisdom bubble up, as if from some lost ancient city beneath the waves off Florida…

The fabulous Lally Katz once again mines her life – both real and imaginative – for an epic story lined with romantic dilemmas and unforgettable encounters. A grand adventure through cynical times, but infused with Lally’s unwavering optimism.

Cast : 6F, 4M
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-138-4 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Back at the Dojo
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Back at the Dojo

Lally Katz
 

After nearly losing his mind in the abandon of 1960s America, young Danny finds his way again with the help of an enigmatic sensei. At a New Jersey karate dojo, he and other mislaid souls make their way back into the world, and Danny bumps into a woman called Lois. Meanwhile, in present-day Australia, Danny’s long-lost grandchild has decided to become Patti Smith…

From the marvellous mind of Lally Katz comes a modern romance about wanderlust, love and karate. Inspired by the true events that brought her parents together, Back at the Dojo is a ravishing, nourishing story about the myths families live by.

Cast : 4F, 7M + extras, doubling possible
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-576-9 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd / Return to Earth
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Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd / Return to Earth

Lally Katz
 
Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd 
Set in Edwardian Melbourne, this play is an evocation of a forgotten past—a play about pain and cruel desire; about the need for laughter, the palaces we build for it, and its human cost.


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  • ‘… a deeply accomplished work: darkly beautiful theatre that resonates in the intimate chambers of the mind.’  The Australian

Return to Earth 
Edges on the whimsical but is ultimately lyrical and profound. It is a poignant play that tenderly captures the moment, often littered with casualties, when a young person moves from transparency to opacity, from childhood to adulthood—a period of intense loss and confusion.
 


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  • ‘The parallel universe of Lally Katz’s imagination is an estranging, breathlessly anxious, uneasily hilarious place.’ The Australian

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Cast : Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd - 5M, 2F / Return to Earth - 2M, 4F including 1J (doubling possible)
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-938-2 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Neighbourhood Watch
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Neighbourhood Watch

Lally Katz
 
And God said: Thou shalt love thy neighbour. He obviously hadn’t reckoned on Ana.

Neighbourhood Watch is a glorious comedy about hope, death and pets. It’s a classic odd-couple story: opposites attract, and from each other they gain a new understanding. But as the domestic crises accumulate, Neighbourhood Watch takes on a sense of enormity in the midst of the ordinary that would make Patrick White proud.

Katz is a true original and in Neighbourhood Watch her spirit of curiosity turns optimism into an art form.


   Awards
  • 2012 Helpmann Award - Best Play (shortlist)
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Cast : 4F, 3M (doubling possible)
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-514-1 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB