The Instant Café Theatre Company celebrates its 26th anniversary this month with ‘D’State of D’Nation’. Founder Jo Kukathas tells all.
How did the idea for the showcase come about? When Instant Café Theatre (ICT) turned 25 last December, we had marked it with a play called Raj and the End of Tragedy. On the last night of the play, many of the ICT alumni came to celebrate our 25th birthday, and the talk turned to talk of a “reunion” show. Then, some months ago, in response to some national-type nonsense, [comedian] Rashid Salleh posted on Facebook: “Where is Instant Café, and why aren’t we making comedy of this?” A lot of other ICT folks chimed in, and so did a lot of our followers. But of course, what we are truly inspired by is the current state of the nation and the synergy behind the fact that ICT turns 2.6 decades old just when the number 2.6 becomes part of the national discussion ... Snap! What are some of the social issues people will be privy to with it? People are living the issues. The haze, murky political wheeling and dealing, shirts of various colours, the law, the price of chapati, the ringgit plunging deeper than Kim Kardashian’s cleavage (I can’t believe I sunk to a Kardashian joke) ... but we will also be going down mudah lupa lane. After all, this is to celebrate 2.6 decades of D’Nonsense in D'Nation. We need to laugh, or else we’ll cry. What was the biggest challenge of the show? We are writing new songs and sketches, and updating some of the classics. The challenge has been choosing what to do out of so much funny material. That’s why we are doing two sessions – the show at the PJ Civic Centre and a series of smaller shows at Damansara Performing Arts Centre. Your dream audience. Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Ghandi, Tunku Abdul Rahman, and Monty Python. The last hilarious thing someone said to you. “It was a donation.” D’State of D’Nation is on Dec 1 at PJ Civic Centre, and from Dec 4 to 6 at Damansara Performing Arts Centre. www.instantcafetheatre.com