Komedia History and the Komedia Idea
Komedia started in 1994, converting a Grade II-listed former billiard hall in Brighton’s Kemp Town area into a theatre and cabaret bar, and presenting a programme of trademark variety. Komedia promoted the burgeoning talents of many young performers including Graham Norton, Mel & Sue, Johnny Vegas, The Right Size, Al Murray, Jenny Éclair, Peepolykus, Alistair McGowan, Omid Djalili, Rhona Cameron and The League of Gentlemen. The tiny venue proved so popular, the company was forced to expand and in 1998 Komedia moved into a former Tesco supermarket in Gardner Street. Growing to three spaces the offering was greatly increased, and with many more performances of music, comedy, cabaret, kids and theatre shows, Komedia began to established itself as the premier live performance venue in the South.
Komedia is an enterprising, independent and expanding business that invests in its staff. In recent years it moved into management and production and now delivers series to the BBC and other broadcasters. The company is also very active on the Edinburgh Fringe producing the heralded Aurora Nova international theatre and dance programme at St Stephens and promoting in-house productions at other leading venues. Komedia also looks forward to establishing and exporting its hugely successful Brighton café style venue model to other cities in the UK.
The Komedia Idea
The Komedia idea is rooted in a love of live performance and a belief in its power to add to the sum of human happiness. Komedia thrives on diversity and specialises in nurturing talent and promoting new work. Its local, national and international programme, which includes work for children, spans a huge range of entertainment: from theatre and music through to the far corners of cabaret, comedy and live literature. There are no boundaries so long as the work is fresh and exciting.
Komedia receives funding from Brighton and Hove City Council.