Catholic guilt, sitting politely, casual emotional blackmail, non-existent boundaries… what’s your childhood made of? We can’t promise answers, only sound advice you cannot refuse from our very own matrona. Watch what goes on behind closed Asian doors with this improvised performance – scenes, characters, and stories inspired by our Filipino cultural background.


Created and Produced by: Happy Feraren
Performed by: Happy Feraren, Jeff Mesina, Janette McBride and Ronaldo Rivera
Improvised musical accompaniment by: Jed Dalangin
Lighting Design by: Kate Baldwin


HAPPY FERAREN is a Filipino improv actor and playwright. She has been improvising for 15 years and has since performed in over 500 shows in a wide range of improvisational theatre formats in cities around the Philippines and the world such as Chicago, New York, Hong Kong, and Amsterdam. In Australia, she has performed in festivals like the Sydney Fringe and Short + Sweet. She was the Artistic Director of Laugh Masters Academy and the Australian Improv Festival. She is the recipient of the Griffin Theatre Incubator Fellowship.

JEFF MESINA is a Filipino improv actor and teacher. He has crafted his comedy chops in improvisation and sketch at The Second City Training Centre, Improv Australia and Laugh Masters Academy (LMA). Jeff recently worked together with a talented group of improvisers and actors in the web series I Know You Are, and has also performed in The Sydney Comedy Festival and the Sydney Fringe Comedy Festival. Jeff was an improv teacher at LMA and he holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Management from the University of Sydney.

JANETTE McBRIDGE-OMAGA has been performing since she took speech and drama classes as a kid. In the early 2000s, she had the unique experience of being in commercials, TV shows, and films in the Philippines. Janette has been performing improv comedy with Big Fork Theatre in Brisbane since 2015. She is also a house team coach, improv teacher, and regular performer in multicultural and soap opera shows.

RONALDO RIVERA is a Filipino improv actor and stand up comedian. He began his improv journey in 2019 and actively honed his skills by completing formal training and workshops through institutions like LMA and iO Chicago (online), as well personalised training/coaching from Linda Calgaro Impro, Dave Razowsky and Liz Allen Improv. He turns knowledge into action through regular participation in the Sydney improv scene. As a stand up comedian he has performed in shows around Sydney, Melbourne, San Diego CA, and Singapore.


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Filmed by Raul Vallejo and Oscar Dias
Edited By Douglas Walker
Audio Recorded and Mixed by Douglas Walker


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