Air Con (2008)


Chep and Burn are top students in SM Sultan Ahmad Tajuddin Mukarram Shah, an elite school in Kedah. Burn is the school’s golden boy (Head Prefect, Captain of the Hockey Team) and his best friend Chep is feared and admired by the younger boys for his quick temper and skills on the hockey field. The school is well respected for its strong academic and sports record. However the discovery of a dead prostitute in the abandoned railway tracks near their school unravels the status quo and we discover a less golden world of bullying, sex crimes and violence. Best friends William and Asif go from innocence to experience as they are caught up in the repercussions of the murder. But who is responsible for the murder and will they be held accountable?

“Air Con” challenges and interrogates the hypocritical habit of turning youth into scapegoats in time of moral panic. Ultimately, it casts a gentle albeit unflinching gaze at the perilous path of male adolescence, and interrogates the heartbreaking ways in which society often expects boys to become men.


  • Playwright:Shanon Shah
  • Company Name:Instant Cafe Theatre Company
  • Date:2 – 6 July 2008
  • Total Showing:7
  • Venue:Pentas 2, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre
  • Language:Bahasa Melayu, English
  • Ticket Prices:RM22, RM27, RM42
  • Director:Jo Kukathas and Zalfian Fuzi
  • Dramaturg:Jo Kukathas and Zalfian Fuzi
  • Lighting Designer:Loh Kok Man
  • Set Designer:Melissa Teoh
  • Costume Designer:Segar
  • Additional Designer:Graphic Design – Loo Jia Wen, Sound Design – WASP Studios
  • Make-up Artist:Segar
  • Principal Cast:

    Amerul Affendi, Zahiril Adzim, Dara Othman, Firdaus Che Yahaya, Hazarul Hasnain, Nick Davis, Ryan Lee Bhaskaran, Nam Ron, Chew Kinwah, Ismadi Wakiri

  • Producer:Susie Kukathas
  • Artistic Director:Jo Kukathas
  • Production Manager:Kimmy Kiew
  • Stage Manager:Pat Gui / ph7
  • Other Information:

    Front of House – Andre D’Cruz