Home Is Where The Food Is
A Welcome Project Digital Short commission by Mikayla Teodoro in Association with Little Angel Theatre
14th December 2023
‘Home is Where the Food is’ explores the directors lived experience of moving to the UK and the things she left behind – friends, family, and food. Through learning how to cook Filipino meals she has learnt that home is never really far away.
Reese is moving away from the Philippines. Because of this, she has to say goodbye to her beloved aunt, Manang. Upon moving to the UK, she remembers her memories with Manang cooking her most favourite food – their trips to the market, preparing the dishes, and sharing meals together. Despite the neighbourhood children welcoming her into their community, Reese’s longing for home hinders her from making new friends.
One day, she finds a book – it’s about Filipino food! Could this help Reese with her homesickness? “Home Is Where The Food Is” explores the magic of sharing meals and what it means to welcome and be welcomed.
Directed and Written by Mikayla Teodoro
Music Composed by Mark Choi
Puppeteered by James Bradwell
Puppets Made by Gretchen Maynard-Hahn
Set and Puppets Designed by Mikayla Teodoro
Reese – Reese Dela Vega Iso
Manang – Kakki Teodoro
Additional Voices – Barbara Jance, Helene Enriquez, Violet Betts, Penny England, and
Camera and Sound Editing by Tess Bentley
Video Editing by Mikayla Teodoro
Sounds from Pixabay and Freesound
Mikayla Teodoro is a puppet designer and maker from the Philippines. She moved to the UK 4 years ago to study her masters in puppet design and making at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Since then, she has worked in puppet departments for theatre, film and television, and stop-motion animation in varying degrees. Puppet credits include “Garden of Words,” “My Neighbour Totoro,” “Spirited Away,” “The Lion King,” and “Life of Pi.”
For her short film, Mikayla explores her lived experience of moving to the UK and the things she left behind – friends, family, and food. Through learning how to cook Filipino meals she has learnt that home is never really far away.