ThickSkin, touring UK incl. The Lowry & Traverse Theatre Edinburgh


Created by Matthew Bulgo, Jonnie Riordan and Jess Williams

Music by The Staves

Musical Director and Musical Arrangements by Kate Marlais

Commissioned and produced by ThickSkin and Lawrence Batley Theatre, in co-production with Watford Palace Theatre and Wales Millennium Centre and supported by The Lowry

More info here

The role of music in the show is what makes Blood Harmony particularly special... Sound designer Neil Bettles and musical director/arranger Kate Marlais deserve particular credit here, for the different storytelling qualities that the songs can take on, able to in turn fill the theatre like a cavernous church, or move through time in the snow.” - WhatsOnStage (BLOOD HARMONY, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Festival)

“The script’s emotional set pieces are amplified by bursts of song, composed by the indie-folk trio The Staves, with musical arrangements by Kate Marlais...performed in beautiful close harmony by the cast.” - The Times (BLOOD HARMONY, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Festival) 


"...the singing is spellbinding" - The Stage (BLOOD HARMONY, Lawrence Batley Theatre)

"...the songs scattered through the show....are pretty and melodic and, with the harmonic arrangements of Kate Marlais, ...strikingly sung" - The Guardian (BLOOD HARMONY, The Lowry) 


"Kate Marlais’ arrangements conjuring up powerful harmonies" - The Reviews Hub (BLOOD HARMONY, Lawrence Batley Theatre)


"swept away by the stunning harmonies...crystal clear singing" - Manchester Theatres (BLOOD HARMONY, The Lowry)


"The highlight of the production is its music...The harmonies in particular are outstanding" - Quays Life (BLOOD HARMONY, The Lowry) 


London Library Literary Festival

​Directed by Charlie Westenra

Written by Linda Mashall-Griffiths

Music and Sound Design by Kate Marlais

Starring Nina Sosanya, Colin Tierney and Sophie Melville

Watch here

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FRAGMENTS (2020 & 2021)

New York

​Conceived, Directed and Choreographed by Mandie Rapoza

Written by Brian Kettler

Music by Kate Marlais

Sound Design by Maxine Guttierez

More info here

ABANDON (2017)

Lyric Hammersmith

Stage Debut Award-nominated for Best Composer
Devised and Written by
Laura Lomas and Lyric Young company

Music by Kate Marlais

Sound Design by Owen Crouch

Best Composer nominee - Stage Debut Awards 2018

"Kate Marlais' music matches the pulsing and jagged energy of the performers" -The Stage (ABANDON, Lyric Hammersmith)

ANAHERA (2019)

Finborough Theatre, European Premiere

Directed by Alice Kornitzer

Written by Emma Kinane

Music and Sound Design by Kate Marlais

More info here

"Atmospheric music by Kate Marlais" - Reviews Hub (ANAHERA, Finborough Theatre)

"Superb music composed by Kate Marlais...a wonderful music score" - London Pub Theatres (ANAHERA, Finborough Theatre)



(in development)

Workshopped at Lyric Hammersmith

Written by Kate Marlais

Music by Kate Marlais

Choreography by Luke Brown of Luke Brown Dance

Music Production by Jonathan Gaskin and Kate Marlais

Supported in initial development by Lyric Hammersmith and Mercury Musical Developments



ManchesterRoyal Exchange (Manchester
International Festival)

and Lyric Hammersmith (LIFT Festival), for Frantic Assembly

Conceived by Scott Graham, Simon Stephens and Karl Hyde

Directed by Scott Graham (for Frantic Assembly)

Written by Simon Stephens

Music by Karl Hyde of Underworld

Music Production by Matthew Herbert

Musical Director and Vocal Arrangements by Kate Marlais

More info here

"...the best moments come when the songs highlight either the vulnerability of the solo male voice or the sheer voltage that’s possible when a throng of those voices combine" - Evening Standard (FATHERLAND, Lyric Hammersmith)

A wall of sound builds up around us and becomes a huge physical presence: heavy and threatening and impossible to escape" - Exeunt (FATHERLAND, Lyric Hammersmith)

"...the music, songs, singing and general musical aspect is of a high standard...brilliantly arranged with harmonies that are both chilling and affirming" - Voice Mag (FATHERLAND, Manchester Royal Exchange)

"...rough choruses growing into collective chants...It is visceral, raucous" - The Arts Desk (FATHERLAND, Lyric Hammersmith)


Lyric Hammersmith

Directed and Choreographed by Robby Graham

Written by Matt Jones

Music by Kele Okereke of Bloc Party

Music Production for Stage, Musical Director and Musical Arrangements and by Kate Marlais

" effective, moving and – at times – profound marriage of musical and cultural worlds" - NME (LEAVE TO REMAIN, Lyric Hammersmith)

"The virtue of the show lies in its ability to explore ideas through music and movement...a spirited British musical in which story, song and movement are seamlessly integrated" - The Guardian (LEAVE TO REMAIN, Lyric Hammersmith)

"...the songs are propulsive and catchy, on the more electronic side of indie but with an alluring highlife sheen, rendered via a mix of live singing, pre-recorded electronic backing and guitarist" - Time Out (LEAVE TO REMAIN, Lyric Hammersmith)


International Tour to Sadler's Wells, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Dansens Hus, Oslo, Norway and Trafó House Of Contemporary Arts, Budapest, Hungary, for DV8 and Ballet Rambert

Conceived, Directed and Choreographed by Lloyd Newson (for DV8)

Vocal Coach (Singing) - Kate Marlais

More info here

MUSIK (2019-20)

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival & Leicester Square Theatre, August-Sept 2019 & Feb 2020.


Written by Jonathan Harvey

Music by Pet Shop Boys

Directed by Josh Seymour

Vocal Coach (Singing) to Frances Barber - Kate Marlais

More info here

"...the star sings...with all the smoky grit of a survivor" - The Guardian (MUSIK, Assembly Rooms Edinburgh)

"Barber is a terrific singer, her gravelly German cabaret-style delivery serving as the perfect counterpoint to the Pet Shop Boys’ pop sensibilities" - Out News Global (MUSIK, Leicester Square Theatre)