Katie is a musician, composer, sound designer and songwriter who currently makes her own music under the name Hex Hue.
For several years she was a member of Choice nominated ‘Pleasure Beach’ with whom she toured the UK and Ireland. Under several different guises, she has worked and collaborated with musicians such as Foy Vance and Duke Special as well as supporting artists like Van Morrison, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Jesca Hoop, Bell X1, All Saints and many more.
Katie is interested in how theatre and live music intersect and influence one another. She received funding from The Mac Theatre this year to create her own show 'Lucent' (pictured above). The show was a collaborative, live music experience in a theatrical setting and featured some of Ireland's most exciting up and coming talent sharing the stage and playing on each other's songs. The piece sold out and received critical acclaim. See one review here.
As a composer/songwriter/sound designer Katie has worked with many Film and Theatre companies across Ireland. Katie just received a SIAP award from the Arts Council NI to develop a collection of new compositions in 2023.
In 2015 she composed music for short film 'The Death of a Projectionist' by Oscar nominated and Bafta award winning Out of Orbit Films. In 2021 Katie was the Musical Director, composer and Sound designer for Rough Girls by Tara Lynn O’Neill which was recently selected as one of The Stage Magazine’s best plays of 2021. In Spring 2022 Katie wrote music for 200 singers, electronics, strings and drums for a film project set in the Giants Ring - Green Space Dark Skies.
In 2018 she starred in and worked as on-stage musical director in the production of Good Vibrations in The Lyric Theatre and is set to take it on tour to New York in 2023 as musical director.
In 2020 Katie was selected as on of award winning theatre company, Prime Cut’s, Reveal artists which champions and develops emerging theatre makers. She is currently working on a music based commission with them as part of this award. In Summer 2020 Katie curated the Creative Hub for the TedX Stormont online and co-founded Safe in Sound which is a new initiative with the vision to create a safe, strong, connected creative sector founded on equality, diversity and respect. Katie Is now the Chair of Safe in Sound and sits on many UK and Ireland wide committees representing Northern Ireland in the conversations around safe spaces in music and the creative industries.
Katie was delighted to be selected to take part in the 2022 IETM Campus in Berlin where she met with other artists from across the globe to discuss International collaboration. She hopes to spend some of 2023 looking at how technologies such as AI and VR can be used too tell stories in theatre and music.
"Richardson’s compelling soundscape builds and builds to a deafening crescendo. It resonates to the once-familiar sound of conflict. The music is stunning.” The Stage
“The music is suitable elegiac - a funeral march for the film reel. It provides the perfect accompaniment to the film.” UK Film Review
"'Taut, pristine piece of alt-pop, with its vital vocal pitting HEX HUE against the world." CLASH
"'...the best parts of indie and electronica. It's a mesmerising affair.” Hotpress
Theatre/Live work includes:
Not on Our Watch
Play by Louise Matthews, directed by Paula McFetteridge and produced by Kabosh Theatre Company
Good Vibrations (pictured)
September 2018 - The Lyric Theatre Belfast
Spring/Summer 2023 - NYC tour.
A musical about the punk scene in Belfast during the peak of the troubles.
Musical Director/Composer/Sound Designer
Waterfront Hall/ GBL Productions November 2022 -
Musical Director/Composer/Sound Designer
Armagh Marketplace Theatre/GBL Productions November 2022
Bruiser Theatre Company (schools tour) Sept 2022
Three’s Theatre Company October 2022
Birds of no Feather
Brú Theatre Galway - September 2022
Composed and produced the music and Sound Design for this work in progress. Presented as a song cycle with a choir and dance performer. Directed by James Riordan
Green Spaces Dark Skies
I composed a song 'The Darkness before the Dawn' for a 200 piece choir for Green Spaces Dark Skies by Walk the Plank for Unboxed 2022.
Political theatre about the first LGBTQI+ helpline in Northern Ireland. Writen by Dominic Montague and produced/directed by Kabosh Theatre company and Paula McFetridge.
Musical Director/Sound designer/Music producer/Arranger
Waterfront Hall Belfast Panto
That Sinking Feeling
Audio theatre about climate change by Three's Theatre Company and commissioned by Belfast City Council
September 2021 in The Lyric Theatre Belfast.
A play by Tara Lynn O’Neill based on the true story of the first women’s football team in Belfast in 1912. This will be shown on BBC iPlayer in 2022.
The Shedding of Skin
Kabosh Theatre Company
I believe her
Three’s theatre company. Audio theatre about Street harassment and violence against women.
Maiden Voyage Dance. Choreographed by Eileen McLory. This has been shown at festivals all over the world.
Red Bear Productions Dublin
All Mod Cons
The Lyric Theatre. Directed by Ronan Phelan and writtn by Erica Murray.
Ubu the King
Tinderbox Theatre Company - The Mac Belfast
The Man who Fell to Pieces
A play about mental health written by Patrick J O'Reilly and produced by Tinderbox Theatre Company
Beauty and the Beast
Composer/Musical Director, Songwriter
The Lyric theatre 2018. Written by Derek O'Connor and directed by Paul Boyd
Beat Carnival Belfast Outdoor finale of Culture Night Belfast featuring 500 performers.
The Mac Belfast. Written and directed by Patrick J O'Reilly
Tinderbox Theatre Company. Written by Stacey Gregg and directed by Mick Duke. The play was about a band and I created the fictional repertoire for the band.
Film work includes:
Let us be Seen
Feature Documentary - Composer
Made by Elspeth Vischer about the women’s movement in Northern Ireland.
A dance film in collaboration with poet Maria McManus and choreographer Eileen McClory inspired and commissioned by the beautiful Robinson library in Armagh.
Death of a Projectionist
Short film starring Ian McElhinney and produced by Oscar nominated and Bafta award winning Out of Orbit Films
Comedy horror short film written by Shaun Blaney and produced by 136 films.
Dark comedy horror - theatre/film hybrid by Caitlin Magnall-Kearns and Aaron Hickland. Shown at Brighton Fringe Festival.
Father the Father
A film of live theatre - this was shown in Solas Nua as part of the Prime Cut Festival. Directed by Emma Jordan and written by Gilly Campbell.
Off the Rails Dance
Four new songs commissioned by The Lyric Theatre and transitioned from live performance to online work due to lockdown.