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A proud Giant Developments production:

Today’s Australia is more about ducking out for a cheeky prawn laksa than chucking a shrimp on a barbie. As multicultural Australia continues to grow and evolve, who we are and how we came to be is a rich and complex story authored by thousands of first generation Australians you might never meet. Until now…

Just fifty years after the end of the White Australia policy, first generation Aussies have redefined and enriched what it means to be Australian.  So what’s it like to be one of those first generation Australians, navigating the complexities of identity, culture and success?

In a brand new talk show from Giant Dwarf, Latina-Australian comedian Joanna Olivera will explore the incredible stories of fellow first generation Australians. You’ll hear the untold stories of business leaders, politicians, scientists, artists, musicians, foodies and more, as we share the highs and lows of what it means to be, FirstGen. 


February 6th guests include:

+ Demas Rusli: photographer, designer and social media phenomenon who pushes the boundaries of photography through unique perspectives and creative editing techniques. He specialises in urban, architecture, and aerial photography and has worked on international campaigns with brands such as Samsung, Adobe, DJI, Nike, and Etihad Airways.

+ Sheridan Mouawad: Broadway star, singer, dancer, actor and choreographer. She has performed in the hit musical Hamilton in the U.S. including alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda and toured the world with international hits such as Cirque du Soleil, Aladdin and West Side Story.

Gerardo Estaba: technologist at Amazon who loves helping people solve problems with technology. Passionate and data-driven, he promotes innovation and influence positive business outcomes.


FirstGen is developed with the assistance of the Giant Dwarf Theatre supported by the Neil Hendry & Jean-Claude Niederer Giant Developments Fund.

Host & producer Joanna Olivera is a Latina-Australian comedian on a mission to explore the personal stories behind multicultural Australia. With her new show ‘FirstGen’, Joanna will explore the incredible stories of fellow first generation Australians. Joanna has been a comedian for nearly a decade, including four years performing as part of the mainstage and house teams at Endgames Improv in San Francisco, California. She was one of the first graduates of Improv Theatre Sydney at Giant Dwarf in 2014, and has also trained and performed with the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York.


Concession/Student tickets will require presentation of current student/concession cards.

PLEASE NOTE: Live stream tickets are available online up to 60 minutes before show start. Make sure you get your tickets early! A Zoom link will be emailed to you before the show.

**Streams subject to audience numbers. Online audience members will be contacted prior regarding any programme changes


Please do not attend if you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, have travelled overseas within the last 14 days or have been in direct or indirect contact with a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19.

Patrons are required to provide their name and contact details upon arrival as well as have their temperature taken with a remote thermometer. If your temperature reads above 37.2 C you will not be permitted entry for the safety of all patrons.




CARD/CONTACTLESS PAYMENT ONLY – We are no longer taking cash sales.

Please ensure everyone you wish to sit with is included in your booking to avoid being seated separately.

Tickets will need to be pre-purchased, no door sales will be available on the night.

Please adhere to social distancing at all times and follow direction from venue staff.

Masks are recommended.

The venue will be taking a number of precautionary measures to ensure patron safety, including:
– Hand sanitiser dispensers
– Signage and social distancing markers throughout the venue
– Regular sanitising of the venue and a full clean between sittings


Pop in before the show for a drink and a physically distanced mingle!

Giant Dwarf is a licensed venue. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

The venue reserves the right to refuse admission to any person. Any discriminatory, illegal or aggressive behaviour, will not be permitted.



  • 17 March: First Gen
    17 March 2021
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm



280 Cleveland St, Gadigal Land, Surry Hills, New South Wales, 2010, Australia

First Gen
17 March: First Gen, In House Audience (FULL)

or as rescheduled within 3 months

17 March: First Gen, In House Audience (CONCESSION)

or as rescheduled within 3 months


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