Kate Marlais and Alex Young
Kate and Alex write musicals, and they've been collaborating for 10 years - writing Book, Music and Lyrics together. They met studying Music at King's College London. Awards include the S and S Award in 2015 for their musical HERE. Their musicals GHOSTED, FUCKED IN MARRAKECH and IF I AM REAL are currently in development.
Kate is a composer, writer, singer/songwriter, actor, musical director, musical arranger, vocal coach and sound designer based in London.
For stage, credits as composer include contemporary dance live audio story FRAGMENTS (NYC, dir./choreo. Mandie Rapoza, 2020), ANAHERA (Finborough Theatre, dir. Alice Kornitzer, European premier 2019), and ABANDON (Lyric Hammersmith, devised by Lyric Young Company & Laura Lomas, Best Composer Stage Debut Award nomination, 2017).
Other recent work in music for stage includes ENTER ACHILLES (DV8/Ballet Rambert, world tour incl Sadler's Wells, dir./choreo. Lloyd Newson, 2020), MUSIK (Assembly Rooms Edinburgh/Leicester Square Theatre, dir. Josh Seymour, writer Jonathan Harvey, music Pet Shop Boys, 2019/20), LEAVE TO REMAIN (Lyric Hammersmith, dir./choreo. Robby Graham, writer Matt Jones, music Kele Okereke of Bloc Party, 2019), and FATHERLAND (Manchester Royal Exchange for MIF/Lyric Hammersmith for LIFT, Frantic Assembly, dir. Scott Graham, writer Simon Stephens, music Karl Hyde of Underworld & music producer Matthew Herbert, 2017/18).
Own projects in development include I CANNOT MAKE NOISE WHEN I SCREAM (composer, writer, co-music producer, performer, funded & supported in development by Lyric Hammersmith, Mercury Musical Developments & Musical Theatre Network, in collaboration with Luke Brown Dance, 2019).
In 2018-19, Kate was the Cameron Mackintosh resident composer at Lyric Hammersmith.
Other awards include LEH Emerging Talent Award 2020, S & S Award 2015 (for HERE, a musical co-created with Alex Young, in conjunction with Curve Leicester & Mercury Musical Developments). Kate and Alex were also finalists in classical song competition Composium (in association with PRS for Music, for Cheltenham Music Festival).
Kate gained a Bachelor of Music degree with a Composition major at King's College London, under the tuition of classical composers Robert Keeley and Silvina Milstein, and then trained at the Royal Academy Of Music, where she was made an Associate for her work in music in 2018.
For more info, visit www.katemarlais.com
Alex was born and raised in Northampton where she considered herself quite a celebrity.
She moved to London just as soon as she could to study Music at King’s College London, before graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2010; whilst there she was awarded the John Thaw Bursary, the Toni V Fell Prize for Performance, and won the nationwide Stephen Sondheim Student Performer of the Year Competition, held at the Queen’s Theatre, London.
As performer, she is currently playing Young Sally in FOLLIES (National Theatre). Other recent credits include Carrie in CAROUSEL (English National Opera), PROMISES, PROMISES (Southwark Playhouse), SHOW BOAT (Sheffield Crucible; New London Theatre, West End), ANYTHING GOES (Sheffield Crucible and UK Tour), I CAN'T SING (London Palladium), HIGH SOCIETY (UK Tour), THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Kilworth House Theatre) and THE SOUND OF MUSIC (UK Tour).
Alex performs regularly in the London concert and cabaret circuit, including spots at the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, the O2, Wilton's Music Hall, Crazy Coqs and The Pheasantry. She is also a host at Show Off piano bar.