COMPOSER | WRITER| PERFORMER | MAKER
Born and raised in London. Kate started out singing with choirs such as the Bach Choir and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. Also a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, she went on to gain a Bachelor of Music degree with a Composition major at KING'S COLLEGE LONDON, under the tuition of contemporary classical composers Robert Keeley and Silvina Milstein.
She then trained in musical theatre at the ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC, where she was made Associate (ARAM) in 2018 for her work in music.
Kate was the 2018-19 Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer at LYRIC HAMMERSMITH.
Recent credits as composer include ANAHERA (Finborough Theatre), and ABANDON (Lyric Hammersmith) for which she was nominated for a Best Composer Stage Debut Award. Recently, her songs have been featured the international UN Decade of Women & The Canales Project's HEAR HER SONG (verbatim text honouring Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely), and RARE BIRDS (Soho Theatre; text by poet Natalie Scott).
Kate's own physical theatre/musical theatre project I CANNOT MAKE NOISE WHEN I SCREAM (book, music & lyrics, co-music producer), was funded & supported in development by Lyric Hammersmith, Mercury Musical Developments & Musical Theatre Network, in collaboration with LUKE BROWN DANCE and is in further development.
Kate's association with FRANTIC ASSEMBLY continues. She was thrilled to be Musical Director, Conductor and Musical Arranger for their 25th Birthday weekend closer CHORUS OF OTHERS at the National Theatre River Stage in July. Kate was recently Vocal Coach to Frances Barber for Jonathan Harvey & Pet Shop Boys' MUSIK (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival & Leicester Square Theatre). Upcoming projects include: THE NICETIES (Finborough Theatre; Sound Designer) and PRICE (National Theatre Wales; Musical Director & Arranger).
"kate marlais' music matches the pulsing and jagged energy of the performers" - the stage 4* ('abandon', lyric)
"ATMOSPHERIC MUSIC BY KATE MARLAIS" - REVIEWS HUB 4.5* ('ANAHERA', FINBOROUGH)
"SUPERB MUSIC COMPOSED BY KATE MARLAIS...A WONDERFUL MUSIC SCORE" - LONDON PUB THEATRES 4.5* ('ANAHERA', FINBOROUGH)
F**KED IN MARRAKECH - first presented on the main stage at BEAM festival, Theatre Royal Stratford East, this musical is now in development, supported by Concord Theatricals and Sheffield Crucible Theatre.
HERE - this musical won the 2015 S & S Award, in conjunction with Curve, Leicester and Mercury Musical Developments, and was first performed at the University of Cumbria.
COMPOSIUM - Kate and Alex were finalists in Wild Plum Art’s COMPOSIUM, a classical song competition in association with PRS for Music, for Cheltenham Music Festival.