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Ep 61 – Art Talent Show, Casa Susannah

Welcome to our MIFF 2023 episode! We took the opportunity to hibernate over winter and do some MIFF online films covering the mind boggling “quiet part out loud” selection process for the Prague Academy of Art in ⁠ART TALENT SHOW⁠, and the documentary ⁠CASA SUSANNA⁠ about a trans retreat of the same name in the 1960’s Catskills.

In Intermission we talk our MIFF methods, the ruthless (and mean) shitcanning of gay romcom ⁠Red, White and Royal Blue⁠. And in Coming Soon it’s Fringe Mania with our second lot of recommendations which are now all on our ⁠Instagram⁠.

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Ep 60 – Animal Farm, This is Living

HELLO PIGGIES. We get down and dirty with The Bloomshed and their meltingly good ⁠Animal Farm⁠. In Intermission we discuss the Venn overlap between this and Barbie. Our second act takes us to the Malthouse for ⁠This is Living⁠ – Ash Flanders ode to chronically ill queers who want to run away to the country (Carla was ATTACKED). And in Coming Soon we recommend the ⁠Pulse⁠ program at Melbourne Fringe and the ⁠REWIRE⁠ program at Geelong Arts Centre. This was a truly joyous return to form, and felt like the before time with a little more existential death rattle thrown in. Our favourite! Long live queer irony as the pathway to pleasure and salvation. Connect with us on twitterfacebookinstagram and our website. 

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Production and recording by Carla Donnelly and Philip Thiel
Theme music by ⁠⁠⁠Mark Barrage⁠⁠⁠
Editing by ⁠⁠⁠Shackwest⁠⁠⁠
Cover image Gregory Lorenzutti

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Ep 56 – Aftersun, Queerstralia

New episode alert! In March we went to the cinema to see the singular and extraordinary After Sun and then from the the safety of our living rooms we experienced ABC TV’s Queerstralia. In intermission we discussed the $10 Vline revolution, Phil being an MTC subscriber, the very specific time of life where everything zeitgeisty being made by people exactly our age and in Coming Soon we recommend upcoming shows at YirramboiRising and Back to Back. Enjoy and PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT OUR SHOW. Love you.

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  • Produced and recorded by Carla Donnelly and Philip Thiel
  • Theme composition Mark Barrage
  • Sound editing by Shackwest
  • Cover image Charlotte Wells/Gregory Oke
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Episode 55 – The Gospel According to Jesus Queen of Heaven, Tár

Hello darling listeners. It is summer, well officially not it seems weather wise, and you know what that means?! GAYNESS. Big gay vibes with our annual festivals Midsumma and Mardi Gras heating things up and stripping thing off. So, of course, we deep dive on some delicious shows from our family – The Gospel According to Jesus Queen of Heaven and the impenetrable Rorschach that is Tár. This is the double feature you have always wanted. We also talk our most loved and loathed coporate yassification, Sydney Festival and much more. Please tell your friends! No one listens to our show. Sending love.

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  • Produced and recorded by Carla Donnelly and Philip Thiel
  • Theme composition Mark Barrage
  • Sound editing by Shackwest
  • Cover image of Kristen Smyth as Jesus, Queen of Heaven by Daniel Rabin
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Ep 50 – QUEER (NGV), Titicut Follies (ACMI)

It’s official! Across the Aisle is back for a 5th season after we can’t quite believe it 3 years hiatus. In June 2022 we cover the monumental QUEER exhibition at the NGV and Titicut Follies as part of the Frederick Wiseman retrospective at ACMI. We hope you enjoy having us back in your ears, and please tell your friends.

Titicut Follies (along with many other Frederick Wiseman films) is available for viewing on the Kanopy platform. You can get access to this free resource through your school or local library. Tracey Moffatt’s male gaze obliterating Heaven is available to rent on Vimeo (do it, it’s SO WORTH IT).

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Ep 49 – Handa Opera La Traviata, The Power of the Dog

Hello and welcome BACK to Across the Aisle. It is episode 49! And as with all things everything has changed, and we are no longer performing arts monogamous. We are arts with a capital A polyamorous. So, please watch Handa Opera’s 2012 production of La Traviata on the Opera Australia website and The Power of the Dog on Netflix (or in the cinema if at all possible). During Intermission we talk pandemic specific changes to our arts consumption and in Coming Soon we pick a few highlights to think about for potential future episodes.

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Ep 48 – Finale – Daddy, Blood Quantum

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

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

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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