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Ep 31 – Priscilla, Dragged

Happy Midsumma! This months episode celebrates all things queer and DRAG. Carla and Philip go and see two very different drags shows – the development separated by 20+ years but still very similar in sentiment. The reboot of the musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and the brand new play Dragged by Tasmanian playwright Andy Aisbett. Both shows raise lots of discussion on class, ockerness, Australianisms, gender philosophy and tiny cocktail umbrellas. Just when you thought you never wanted to hear It’s Raining Men again off we go!

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Ep 30 – 2017 Year in Review

In this summer edition of the podcast, Carla and Philip remember their top cultural and theatrical experiences of 2017, awarding informal (but very prestigious) gongs to their “Best Ofs”. Stage shows are muddled in the second half of the episode with film, television, political movements and the visual arts. Thanks for another wonderful year of criticism. See you in 2018!

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Ep 29 – Pop Up Globe – Henry V, Birdcage Thursdays

In the true spirit of globalisation the gang go and see Henry the V by Shakespeare, presented by London’s The Globe Theatre in a POP UP staffed by Kiwi actors, down at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. I think you can guess whose pick this was. Our second show this month is the new(ish) Australian play by Sandra Fiona Long – Birdcage Thursdays. A tender exploration about ageing parents, mental illness and social stigma. In intermission Carla and Phil talk about Musica Viva and Steven Soderbergh with the gangs hot tips for summer in coming soon. Please share and enjoy!

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Ep 28 – Taylor Mac Chapter IV, All The Sex I’ve Ever Had

Across the Aisles October episode every year is devoted to Melbourne Festival. This year the gang attended a 6 hour performance by Taylor Mac and a panel of elderly people talking about their sex lives. As always lively banter in intermission, rat plagues, Carla’s annoyance at Daniel Andrew’s lack of program management and much much more.

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Ep 27 – Crimson Tide, Big Heart

A new play about adoption and a water ballet about menstruation are discussed. At intermission, Carla and Philip talk Melbourne Fringe [gamelan + improvised Shakespeare] and brand new Star Trek. Also, who is Mimi?

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Ep 26 – Nightdance, Credentials

HELLO. We are up to date with the launch of our August episode! Covering Nightdance by Melanie Lane at Arts House and David Williamson’s new work Credentials at La Mama, two very different works that we felt beautifully book ended the spectrum of work we can see in Melbourne. We don’t often cover dance on the show but it’s something we would like to keep looking into. The gang discuss their MIFF2017 highlights (surprise Phil love the gay Catholic SM nature film and Carla loved the Pioneering Women stream) and in coming soon we discuss the problematic programming of Taylor Mac* for Melbourne International Arts Festival.

* (Carla) I wholeheartedly apologise for using the wrong pronoun for Taylor Mac. Taylor Mac prefers to use the pronoun judy which I should have researched before talking about the upcoming show.

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Ep 25 – The Moors, Merciless Gods

One company, two productions and a special guest! In this queer episode of Across the Aisle, Carla and Philip attend “The Moors” at Red Stitch and “Merciless Gods” at Northcote Town Hall, considering the work of Little Ones Theatre across two sites. Podcast supporter Wesa Chau joins them at intermission to share her insights, and the guide to Melbourne Fringe is riffled. Thank you for listening.

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Ep 24 – The Book of Exodus Part I, Revolt

In this episode, Carla and Philip review Fraught Outfit’s “The Book of Exodus, Part I” at Theatre Works; and Malthouse Theatre’s “Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.” Both of these productions spark talk about identity, representation and dressing up. There is also a scandalous Secret Intermission in which one of us gets reviewed! This is the final episode of our podcast’s second season. Thanks to all who have supported us to continue the show into its third year.

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Ep 23 – Native Girl Syndrome, Spencer

Special Guest Lisa Dempster [Director of the Melbourne Writers Festival] joins Carla and Philip to discuss two productions: Lara Kramer’s “Native Girl Syndrome” at Yirramboi – First Nations Arts Festival; and Katy Warner’s “Spencer” produced by Lab Kelpie at Chapel off Chapel. We’re thrilled to welcome Lisa to the studio for this special episode. Stick around for “coming soon” in which she gives some great tips about things to look out for in Melbourne. Thanks as always for listening.

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Ep 22 – Joan, This is Eden

After a brief winter break Carla and Philip are back! In velvety theatre seats and coming into your ears. This month they visit with Joan of Arc through The Rabbles theatrical invocation of the saint. Then they are back at 45 Downstairs to have a tour of the Cascades Female Factory in This is Eden. The team discuss the feminist art moment of Handmaids Tale, Joan, This is Eden and Hannah Gadsbys Nannette converging on the same fortnight. Four feminist shows that deeply affected both hosts. We also launch our annual subscription campaign! Enjoy xx

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