Outside of your work together, what have you personally gone on to do since graduating?
Alex: I bummed around for a few years after graduating trying not to audition for drama school - what a stupid idea that would be, I thought. So I worked in recruitment and tried very hard to be a reasonably normal person, but no dice. I went on to study Musical Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music and have been surprised to be pretty much in work ever since. My theatre work includes Poppy in the award-winning Standing at the Sky’s Edge at Sheffield Crucible and National Theatre, The Baker’s Wife in Into The Woods at Bath Theatre Royal directed by Terry Gilliam, Nellie in South Pacific opposite Julian Ovenden and Sally in Me and My Girl opposite Matt Lucas, both at Chichester Festival Theatre. I played a young Imelda Staunton in Follies at the National Theatre, and Carrie in Carousel alongside Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe, conducted by David Charles Abell at the London Coliseum for the ENO. During the pandemic I set up an online play reading group - The Corona Days Plays. What started as a gang of 30 or so grew to a 300 strong family of waifs and strays, (including a lot of Kings alumni!) many of whom have become my dearest friends, reading a play a week with ever increasing inventive zoom technical prowess! We were included in features by the New York Times and The Stage, and I was knocked out to receive a special WhatsOnStage award for my contribution to the theatre industry during the pandemic. I coach acting privately and in leading UK drama schools which I love, especially now being in productions with people I’ve taught, and in one case being directed by an ex-student. It’s a deeply gratifying thing, even if it makes me feel entirely ancient. I’ve also had a little girl, Maggie, who is a complete darling and the love of my life.
Kate: Aside from my collaboration with Alex, I have fingers in many pies. Having been an actor and singer for ten years, I now work mainly as a composer, lyricist and writer, whilst also forging a career as a musical director, music producer, arranger and sound designer. I was made Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2018 and was the 2018-19 Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer at Lyric Hammersmith. I’ve worked extensively as a creative within music for theatre and physical theatre, for companies such as Frantic Assembly, Michael Grandage Company, ThickSkin, DV8 & Rambert, at venues such as Manchester Royal Exchange, Lyric Hammersmith, Lowry Manchester, Lyric Belfast and Traverse Edinburgh. I also work a lot with music artists who are writing for theatre, such as Kele Okereke (English, 2003) from Bloc Party, Karl Hyde from Underworld and most recently The Staves; I arrange or help shape their music for stage and dramatic purpose.
As a performer, my favourite credits include War Horse (National Theatre) and The Human Comedy (Young Vic). This year, I’m releasing an EP of my own songs on all streaming platforms.
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