Final Episodes

Across the Aisle was 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 to our back catalogue on your favourite podcasting app or listen here.

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! Read more…
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. Read more…
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. Read more…

About Us

Across the Aisle was an award winning performing arts criticism podcast based in Melbourne that ran from 2015-2019. Monthly, hosts Carla and Philip each chose a performance to attend and discuss in depth. During the episodes “intermission” Carla and Phil talked their favourite pop culture moments of the previous month and in “coming soon” they highlighted upcoming shows, exhibitions, films, anything culture related for their audience.

Across the Aisle was created specifically to provide long form criticism and promotion of live performance pieces that do
not usually get covered, in depth, in traditional arts media. Our mission statement was to champion work starring, and
made, by women, LGBTIQA+ people, disabled people, Indigenous artists, older people and people of colour.

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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

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

Across the Aisle ran for 4 years publishing 49 episodes, covering almost 100 performances. If you have enjoyed our back catalogue, used our coverage in a grant application or promotion of your work please buy us a drink.

Contact Us

Hello! We love hearing from you! If you’d like to get in touch please use the links below. 

You can also find Team Aisle separately in this link.