Kill Your Darlings
A weekend playwriting workshop with Jo Kukathas


JoKJo Kukathas is a writer, director, actor and dramaturge as well as the Artistic Director of The Instant Café Theatre Company, and one of the most significant players in contemporary Malaysian theatre. The company’s highly successful FIRSTWoRKS writing program developed 5 new award winning Malaysian plays – Flies and Foreigners by Ridzwan Othman, Air Con by Shanon Shah, Hero by Arun Subramaniam, Parah by Alfian Sa’at as well as her own play Silence, Please. Her recent play Raj and the End of Tragedy won the Audience Choice Award at the 12th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards. She has recently co-directed the sold-out runs of Another Country in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

The Workshop:

In this 2-day workshop Jo will work with a small group of writers to develop their play ideas. Applicants are asked to submit in writing the piece they want developed. It could be the outline of a play, some scenes from a full-length work in progress or the draft of a complete work. It could even be a concept for a play.

The workshop will address these works in their various states of completion and move the writers closer to an understanding of writing for the stage or towards their goal of a fully developed play.

Workshop Details:

Dates: 19 & 20 September

Time: 10 am – 2 pm Saturday and Sunday

Venue: Pusat Kreatif Kanak-Kanak Tunku Bainun, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad, TTDI, Kuala Lumpur

Each workshop will run for 4 hours over 2 days or 8 hours in total.

Applicants should e-mail their writing submissions to before Sept 12th.

A total of 6 plays will be set as required reading before the course begins.

Maximum number of Participants: 8

Cost for participants: RM 800

Maximum number of Observers: 4

Cost for observers: RM 400

*Observers will not get the full extent of the workshop, but will be able to fully observe all activities that take place.

Medium of Instruction: English. Plays can be written in English or Bahasa Malaysia.

Workshop open to individuals aged 17 and above as there may be mature content involved.

*Copyright of all work produced at the KL Writers Workshop remains with the author. The KL Writers Workshop is not responsible or liable for any work produced in our writing workshops.