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Across the Aisle is a podcast for people who love the performing arts but don’t get along as much as they would like to. If you’re looking to be inspired to see more shows, to have the theatre going experience demystified or would like to live vicariously through our show going hosts please subscribe on your favourite podcasting app or listen here.

The gang saw Aspergers musical cabaret The Aspie Hour and Michelle Law’s debut play Single Asian Female at Melbourne International Comedy Festival. During “Intermission” we talked the rest of the fest, primarily Maria Bamford, DeAnne Smith and Sweaty Pitts Pity Party. And in “Coming Soon” we chat our attendance at the Green Room Awards and the upcoming Australian Podcast Awards.

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Hello! It’s been too long since our last chat. In this episode the gang envision story telling beyond the apocalypse with Mr. Burns, a post-electric play by Lightning Jar Theatre; and we return to the lofty heights of the Sofitel to experience Joel Bray’s immersive and intimate dance piece, Biladurang.

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The gang discuss two vital, new Australian, works – Become the One by Lab Kelpie and Barbara and the Camp Dogs at Malthouse Theatre. Things get heated when Carla and Philip discuss whether non-queer people should play queer roles and Coming Soon features all the women at Melbourne International Comedy Festival we would like to see.

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Across the Aisle is an award winning performing arts criticism podcast based in Melbourne. Monthly, hosts Carla and Philip each choose a performance to attend and discuss in depth. During the episodes “intermission” Carla and Phil talk about their favourite pop culture moments of the previous month and in “coming soon” they highlight upcoming shows, exhibitions, films, anything culture related for their audience.

Meet Team Aisle

We live, love, record and make on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri  and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation. Land that was never ceded. Land that was and always will be Aboriginal.

Carla Donnelly
Creator, Host

Carla is the creator of podcasts Across the Aisle, Club Soderbergh and re:Discovery. She is a judge for the Green Room Awards on the Independent Theatre panel and co-Director of the independent podcasting festival indiepodfest.

Philip Thiel
Host

Philip is an English and literature teacher, blogger and cultural consumer from Melbourne, Victoria. His writing and poetry has been published in Traffic, Death Mook and Victorian Writer. He has a particular interest in immersive performance pieces.

Ron Killeen
Sound Engineer, Mix

Ron is a digital media producer in Melbourne, Victoria. He is also a closet train spotter, accomplished musician and immersive theatre conspirator. Ron has performed in events appearing in Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Festival and Dark Mofo.

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We believe theatre and the performing arts are for everyone. We make our podcast so that listeners don’t need to see the shows to feel included. Theatre is a performance of our cultural times; it’s from this angle that we approach our criticism. Deep cuts, queer theory, feminism and the promotion of minority lead narratives abound.

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