Men in Heels is an outrageously irreverent, side-splittingly funny and heart-achingly poignant look at the world of drag through the eyes of these three men. As director Joe Hasham explains: “While the world is moving towards gender diversity, it is still fairly unorthodox in Malaysia. In the play, we have three very different individuals at very different stages in their life. They rely on each other, root for each other and yet celebrate their individuality fiercely. This play will showcase some of the hilarious scenarios they encounter but it’s also a comedy play with a heart in that it brings to light the struggles these characters endure.” 

It is play that introduces a voice from a place of truth as it celebrates diversity and differences. The multi-award winning director has cast three talented actors, and uses iconic performances and unique costumes to bring you joy, make you laugh while delivering the truth about the three drag queens, their loves, and the challenges they face throughout their lives. For so long we have been fighting to gain and protect human rights, equality and freedom. Yet, we are not even close to what we had hoped for. Fitting in is still an issue for most people. It happens to the best of us. And this story is a reminder of that. Of how even the strongest people can be the most fragile at times. Of how the most fierce people can be the most vulnerable at times. The audience can expect nothing less than a fabulous play that, not only is funny, but is inspiring as well. And as in any great quality theatre production, you will be able to share in the character’s hopes, desires and dreams.

What makes this show extra special is how courageously honest and over the edge it gets as it moves forward with its characters. You will get to know Peter, Ilya and Bryan, three best friends who are working hard to make it big in the city of KL, chasing their dreams to perform on the big stage. They work hard, sing and dance their way through each show. Throughout the journey, they have set-backs but they do not give up. They cheer each other on and continue paving a way for a brighter future for themselves. 

Bringing the three characters to life are the writer and award-winning director, Mark Beau De Silva himself, versatile actor Ivan Chan who was recently in Sifu Productions’ You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and Short+Sweet Dance Malaysia’s two-time ‘Best Male Dancer’ Zhafir Muzani or more widely known as Mazlee in Oh My English!

The play has received rave reviews in KL, and now we can enjoy two performances in Penang, at penangpac, on March 16th and 17th at 8:30 pm, with tickets priced at RM 55 each. Make sure to grab your tickets from Box Office at Performing Arts Centre of Penang (penangpac) that is open daily from 10am – 6:30pm, located at Level 3A, Quay One, Straits Quay, or online from

By Mojdeh Zarbakhsh