We premiered our first show ‘Catch Me I’m Falling…’’ at the Northbrook Theatre in September 2009. This production was so well received that we were asked to add more dates, and in October that year Kompact returned to the Northbrook Theatre for more performances of ‘Catch Me I’m Falling…’ in May 2010, with our second creation ‘To Look Beyond’’ at Concorde 2 in Brighton as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival the following year.
Kompact’s new challenge was to strip back even further to become even more ‘compact’ and in November 2010 we produced ‘Raw’, an alternative musical theatre cabaret, at the newly refurbished Brighton Ballrooms. This new setting and style of performance allowed us to use some of the wonderful stand-alone material we had found by contemporary composers that didn’t belong to any specific show. The show was a hit with both our audiences and the company and on the back of this success we returned to the Brighton Ballrooms in February 2011 with a fresh new cabaret ‘Changes’. In the summer of 2011 we had our London début at the Kings Head in Islington, with another new cabaret, ‘Edited’. This was incredibly well received and we were able to revive the show at the Horse in Waterloo just a month later.
In September 2011, we decided to take our next cabaret show to The Battersea Barge, on the Thames. This delightful venue suited Kompact’s cabaret evenings perfectly and we returned to The Barge for a further three shows that year, all selling to packed houses.
Kompact never gave up on our loyal supporters back home in Sussex and between October 2011 and 2016 have continued to produce five new cabaret shows a year, including a few performances in the Brighton Fringe Festival.
Although we loved the cabaret evenings, which allowed us to give our audiences an insight into the relatively unheard material of many up and coming contemporary theatre composers, we longed to return to our original starting point condensing full musicals into bite sized chunks. With this in mind, we returned to the Northbrook Theatre in January 2013 with our latest production ‘Take a Shot’.Again, the show was a sellout, and was incredibly well received by its audience.
2013 also saw us returning to the Brighton Fringe Festival in May with our cabaret ‘Uncomplicated’ at the award winning fringe venue Upstairs at The Three and Ten. The challenge of researching new contemporary composers and finding alternative musical theatre material was again a truly enlightening one.
In 2014 we decided to diversify further, launching our events entertainment company and our specialist masterclasses and workshops which went on to see us bring over American composers Carner and Gregor and Rob Rokicki.
Our events company continued to bloom and since 2014 we have provided entertainment for a wide variety of functions, including numerous birthdays and weddings, the opening of the new upstairs lounge at Bar Broadway and the Picture Perfect Winter Ball at the Grand Hotel Brighton.
Kompact cabaret also continued to move forward, returning to London in 2014 at The Leicester Square Theatre Lounge with “Edited” .
We strove towards forging new contacts with new musical theatre composers both here and abroad and produced 4 new cabarets at venues around Worthing and Brighton before heading back up to London to “Above the Arts’ in Leicester Square with “Reasons”.