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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.

Join us for a special episode covering The Infirmary – a Triage Live Art Collective immersive experience. This episode is told in the first person of our experience in surrendering to the process of death and care. We hope you enjoy it.


It's summer! The gang bring you all summer related goods including how to be a Badass by Tash York at The Butterfly Club and Suddenly Last Summer by Little Ones Theatre at Red Stitch.


Melbourne International Arts Festival episode! The gang talk all things festival - featuring Song For a Weary Throat by Rawcus Ensemble (and featuring the Invenio Singers) and Re-Member Me by Dickie Beau.


About Us

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

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.

Support Us

Across the Aisle will always be free. 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 their criticism. Deep cuts, queer theory, feminism and the promotion of minority lead narratives abound.

However, we can’t keep doing this critical (boom-tish) work without your help! If you value arts criticism and the work that we do please become a patron today!

Contact Us

Hello! We love hearing from you! If you’d like to invite us to your show or send us a message please get in touch.