Ep 48 – Finale – Daddy, Blood Quantum

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Welcome to the LAST EPISODE of Across the Aisle. That’s right, after 4 years and 48 episodes we are ending. This episode is our Yirramboi special, covering Joel Bray’s Daddy and Ngioka Bunda-Heath and Tracey Bunda’s Blood Quantum. Join us for a greatest hits look at our back catalogue during intermission – where we both award our top 3 of the past 4 years and a wooden spoon!

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Ep 47 – The Aspie Hour, Single Asian Female

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Welcome to our still relevant AWARD WINNING PODCAST. That’s right, Across the Aisle has won “Best Audiogram” at the 2019 Australian Podcast Awards.

This episode was recorded before the ceremony, so please enjoy our trip down Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The gang saw Aspergers musical cabaret The Aspie Hour and Michelle Law’s debut play Single Asian Female.

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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Ep 46 – Mr. Burns – A post-electric play, Biladurang

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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. During intermission we discuss radical television and colonially problematic, but beautiful nonetheless, gardens.

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2019 Emerging Critic Aridhi Anderson – Menteeship

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From March to May, Team Aisle welcomed our first mentee – Aridhi Anderson. At the beginning of the year we advertised a menteeship program open to non-European background emerging critics. We believe strongly in diversifying (and multiplying) the critical voices in Melbourne. Team Aisle intended to only do one menteeship, however we had two extremely strong candidates, so strong we couldn’t decide. Aridhi was the first, followed by Reagan Maiquez later in the year.

Over 3 months Carla and Ari saw approx. 14 shows together (and apart) and discussed many more.

What has the experience meant to you?

Aridhi Anderson

The three month menteeship with Across the Aisle was an interesting and constructive experience. Carla and I attended a number of shows together, and also discussed other shows that we both watched on different nights. Our conversations gave me a lot of insight into my own reviewing practice, and helped me refine my understanding of my own goals and values as a reviewer. I found it useful to connect with Carla consistently over a period of time, and get a sense of how she engages with shows and forms her opinions on different works. I was intrigued by how we had a very similar experience of some shows, and a very different experience of others. When we were in agreement, I found we were able to discuss some aspects of the shows in greater detail. When we held different opinions, I found myself challenged to think more broadly and try to see things from a wider perspective than I’d naturally be inclined to consider. I also found it enriching to have conversations about the theatre/arts scene in Melbourne in general, and I felt myself feeling more connected to it as a result of the menteeship. Even though this menteeship has ended, the thoughts and ideas we discussed over the course of it are still developing within my mind, so in that sense the work of learning from this menteeship continues for me. I’m grateful to have had this experience and look forward to seeing the continued impact of it in my future work.

Carla Donnelly

Ari is a gifted reviewer and emerging critic. Her hunger and desire for the performing arts is something that I really connected with. As a new-ish migrant to Melbourne (2016) and theatre maker, Ari wanted to learn as much as she could about the local scene – what is popular, what gets staged, what are the current themes etc. Connecting with Ari and her boundless curiosity really invigorated the way I see theatre. I confess I had come into a bit of a humdrum place, seeing too many shows in a short period of time can really burn you out. But having Ari’s insightful questions to ponder shook me out of my myopia. I don’t often get to connect with other critics so this experience was invaluable to me. Having someone to really chew over the shows, deep dive, explore and laugh with has been a joyful experience. Ari’s perspective as a theatre maker helped me see works in much different ways. I wasn’t quite sure how this menteeship would go, it is the first time I have done something like this, but it could not have gone better. I feel I have made a friend in Ari, and it solidified my feeling that theatre people are some of the smartest, most kind, and wonderful around.

2019 Emerging Critic Aridhi Anderson

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Introducing our first emerging critic mentee for 2019, Aridhi Anderson. Welcome Aridhi – Team Aisle are so excited to have you on board. Aridhi will be with us for three months, attending many shows and discussing them with the team.

Aridhi Anderson is a theatremaker who has been writing, directing and performing in New Delhi since 2007 and in Melbourne since 2016. Her original works include The Bet, Ophelia’s Inner Monologue, Jezebel, Parenthesis, and The Next Logical Step, among others. She runs an independent theatre group called The Day Dream in New Delhi and Melbourne, and is passionate about promoting authenticity, diversity, inclusiveness, and a sense of community through her work.

 
What do you hope to get out of the menteeship?
 
Aridhi Anderson 
I’ve been in love with theatre and theatremaking for years. Last year I began my practice of writing about other artists’ work (through reviewing for WeekendNotes), which has been extremely rewarding. I love engaging with theatre as an audience member, and I see reviewing as an important way to help bridge the gap between theatremakers and audiences. I’m a little bit intrigued by the lack of diversity (in who’s making shows, who’s in the audience, and who’s writing about it) in Melbourne – and I was drawn to Across the Aisle’s commitment to addressing this. Over the next three months I’m looking forward to observing and listening a lot, learning more about arts criticism, refining my own work, discovering and working on my blind spots, and exploring/furthering conversations about diversity and inclusiveness in the arts in Melbourne.
 
Team Aisle
For Across the Aisle we are thrilled to learn as much as we can about Aridhi’s practice in New Dehli, and the New Delhi performing arts scene in general. At the end of the 3 month menteeship both Team Aisle and Aridhi will publish their thoughts about this mutual learning experience.

Ep 45 – Become The One, Barbara and the Camp Dogs

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In this episode the gang discuss two vital, new Australian, works – Become the One by Lab Kelpie about the statistical anomaly of zero homosexual Australian Rules Football players and Barbara and the Camp Dogs – an incredible rock opera about family, PTSD, and the therapy of singing at Malthouse Theatre. During Intermission 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. Thanks for listening and please financially subscribe. We only have 3 episodes left of this season before are forced to close due to lack of funds.

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Ep 44 – The Legend of Queen Kong Episode II, The Maids

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This month Team Aisle go gayer and queerer than usual with our annual Midsumma show. We cover Sara Ward’s incredible space rock opera The Legend of Queen Kong Episode II; during intermission Carla and Phil discuss their summer of art (including Patricia Piccinini, Polly Borland, Mirka Mora, MONAFOMA and Sydney Festival) and we talk the consent issues of AUDIENCE INTERACTION. Our second show is Adam Ibrahim and Samuel Russo’s queering of Jean Genet’s The Maids.

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Ep 43 – Infirmary

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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.

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