Kate is an actor, singer, and beatboxer from South London. She has been part of the BAC Beatbox Academy since 2014, training, performing at various venues from The Royal Festival Hall to Latitude Festival and now facilitating the next generation of beatboxers working closely with Conrad Murray. She is currently performing in their 5-star show Frankenstein: How to make a monster and is in the development processes of their next hip-hop theatre shows.
After graduating from Italia Conti as a Carlton Hobbs Bursary Award Runner-Up and Alan Bates Award finalist, Kate has appeared in a variety of projects including playing Bushkid in Pilot Theatre's national tour of Crongton Knights, Grace in BBC Radio 4’s China Towns and the autobiographical, 3 Years, 1 Week & a Lemon Drizzle with her actor/writer sister, Alexandra Donnachie (Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival).
2021 marked Kate’s return to The Lyric Hammersmith as the Genie and Emperor in their pantomime Aladdin, for which she won Best Supporting Artist at The UK Pantomime Awards.
Frankenstein: How To Make A Monster (2022)
Donnachie was possessed by a wild, restless energy throughout, married to a voice that could crack stones or soothe bees, with the presence and personality to back it all up. The eye constantly drawn to her infectious performance in which she weaved like a boxer who never stood still.
- The Arts Review
The standout performance for me had to be Kate Donnachie’s. Have you ever seen a colourful, sequined, beatboxing Genie? I certainly hadn’t until now, and it was very impressive. Kate plays the Genie as well as the Emperor, who is totally hilarious…Her performance was so convincing and I hate to admit that it took me an embarrassingly long time to realise that it was the same actor playing both roles!
- Official London Theatre
a magic Genie, who is given a new lease of life in the form of the fabulous Kate Donnachie Donnachie is a joy to watch and along with numerous super-fast costume changes she sings and does some amazing beatboxing.
- London Unattached
The star has to be Kate Donnachie who doubles up as both the effervescent Genie and bumbling blonde-haired Emperor. Energy radiates from her and her comedic timing is fantastic.
- London Theatre Reviews
Donnachie also multi-roling as the Genie, gives a performance that is powered by stamina and strength.
- The Stage
Kate Donnachie's Bushkid is the star turn here, with stellar vocals across the board.
- Nicole Craft, The Reviews Hub
Outstanding musical talent. Conrad Murray’s score – ballads and beatbox – was sent sky-high by young voices; Kate Donnachie soared.
- Susannah Clapp's 10 best of 2020, The Observer
3 Years, 1 Week and a Lemon Drizzle
It’s a very brave thing to do, to bare all this in front of an audience. These are professional actresses and their flawless performances show this. It is a choppy piece, funny, sad, poignant, deeply distressing in places: which mirrors life, which is no doubt, the whole point.
- Susanne Crosby, Broadway Baby
This is a really charming piece of theatre and I could have watched it for far longer than the 60 minute run time.
- Broadway world, Natalie O’Donoghue