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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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Ep 21 – Passenger, Faster

Carla and Philip head onto a bus and explore Docklands in the compelling and site specific piece Passenger, presented by Women of the World Festival and Footscray Arts Centre. They then head over to sit in line at The Arts Centre for Tix and Six and get to see The Australian Ballets contemporary program Faster. Enjoy!

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Ep 20 – The Homosexuals, The Age Of Bones

In this episode, Carla and Philip see something very familiar at the Malthouse [The Homosexuals, or Faggots] and something much less familiar at La Mama Courthouse [The Age of Bones, part of AsiaTOPA]. Profundity ensues. Plus, at Intermission: Is The Book of Mormon memorable? And what got Carla to renounce her commitment to animal rights? Thanks for listening to our podcast about theatre and the arts in Melbourne. <3

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Ep 19 – I Am My Own Wife, The Happy Prince

A special episode at Melbourne’s 30th Midsumma Festival. Carla and Philip take in two shows from this celebration of queer culture: I Am My Own Wife and The Happy Prince. At intermission, they banter about Hobart’s MONA FOMA and the Golden Gaytime Crumb Shed. Happy Midsumma!

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Ep 18 – The Interpreters, Hot Brown Honey

Happy new year! In this episode of the podcast, Philip and Carla and joined by special guest Julien to discuss Nicola Gunn’s latest production “The Interpreters” at the Alliance Fran├žaise. Then they see “Hot Brown Honey” at Arts Centre Melbourne. At intermission they discuss Susie Dee’s “Animal” at Theatre Works as well as their latest TV obsessions. And in coming soon they offer their top picks for Midsumma. Enjoy!

*A previous version of this episode incorrectly attributed both Kim “Busty Beatz” Bowers and Candy Bowers as the same person. They are sisters, and only Kim is in Hot Brown Honey. This episode has been edited to reflect this correction.

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Ep 17 – Blaque Showgirls, Deceptive Threads

In this episode, a pair of local explorations of Australian culture and identity: Nakkiah Lui’s “Blaque Showgirls” at Malthouse Theatre and David Joseph’s “Deceptive Threads” at 45 Downstairs. Also ACMI, Arrival, Messiah, hay fever and robbing banks! Please enjoy this episode of our podcast about theatre and the arts in Melbourne; thanks as always for your support.

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Ep 16 – Lady Eats Apple, War and Peace

In this Melbourne Festival episode, Carla and Philip take in Back to Back Theatre’s “Lady Eats Apple” at Hamer Hall and Gob Squad’s “War and Peace” at the Malthouse. Plus intermission banter about other Festival experiences. What does the Festival feel like under its new Artistic Director? And what should we all do in November? Thanks as always for your support of the podcast.

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