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A proud Giant Developments production:

Firstgen is a live talkshow with a difference. Comedian, Joanna Olivera is on a mission to interview and celebrate the careers of awesome first generation Australians achieving amazing things in music, food, the arts, science, business and politics. Described as one of Sydney’s best new shows, this fun night out is one you won’t want to miss.


June 9th line up

Carmen Marton is Australia’s most decorated Taekwondo athlete. She is Australia’s first and only World Taekwondo Champion and a three time Olympian at the 2008 Beijing, 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympics. She is a brand ambassador with 2XU, SWISSE and has appeared in Vogue, Elle and Women’s Health magazines.

Catalina Florez is a Senior Journalist and Presenter on SBS World News. She is a regular on the evening news and has over 12 years experience as a reporter. Previously she was Channel 10’s first female NSW political editor where she covered two Premiers and two Opposition Leaders through three eventful years.

Professor Veena Sahajwalla is an internationally recognised scientist, engineer and inventor revolutionising recycling science. She sees waste as an opportunity and won the Eureka Prize (Australia’s top science award) for inventing ‘Green Steel’, a novel way of using end-of-life tyres and waste plastics instead of coal to make steel. She has been a judge on the ABC show ‘The New Inventors’, been recently profiled by Australian Story and was previously a Commissioner on the Australian Climate Commission.


DOORS; 6:30pm
SHOW START; 7:30pm

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.


LIVE BROADCAST TICKETS will be available for purchase until 7:15pm – stream links will be emailed, please check spam/junk folders.

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


  • 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. Please find all our COVID-19 protocols here.
  • Patrons are required to check into the Service NSW app or  Service NSW webform upon arrival.
  • The venue reserves the right to refuse admission to any person. Any discriminatory, illegal or aggressive behaviour, will not be permitted.


  • CARD/CONTACTLESS PAYMENT ONLY – We are no longer taking cash sales
  • Venue doors open a minimum of 30 minutes prior to show start time. Pop in before the show for a drink and a physically distanced mingle!
  • Giant Dwarf Theatre is an On-premises licensed venue.




  • 21 July: First Gen
    21 July 2021
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • 8 Sept: First Gen
    8 September 2021
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • 13 Oct: First Gen
    13 October 2021
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • 10 Nov: First Gen
    10 November 2021
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • 12 Dec: First Gen
    8 December 2021
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm



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

First Gen

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