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Critical discussions about theatre in Melbourne hosted by Carla and Philip.

Critical discussions about theatre in Melbourne hosted by Carla and Philip.
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Critical discussions about theatre in Melbourne hosted by Carla and Philip.






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...


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!


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...


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.


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...


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.


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.


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.


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. Two sublime feminist shows this month that deeply affected both hosts.


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!


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.


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!


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.


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.


Ep 13 - Hotel Obscura

In this special edition of the podcast, Philip and Carla go their separate ways to experience boutique one-on-one immersive theatre in Hotel Obscura by Triage Live Art Collective. Will they make it through Incursion, Elegy and Neon Sarcophagus to The Vinyl Lounge? Special thanks to producer Ron Killeen for custom soundscapes in this episode.


Ep 8 - North by Northwest, Picnic at Hanging Rock

In this episode, Philip and Carla talk about Art Centre Melbourne's reboot of Melbourne Theatre Company's "North by Northwest," then Malthouse Theatre's production of "Picnic at Hanging Rock." Plus, at intermission, the Netflix series "Love" and this year's terrible White Night. Enjoy!

Ep 2 - I Am a Miracle, Picnic

In our second episode we'll be discussing I Am a Miracle written by Declan Greene and produced by The Malthouse Theatre. We'll also be covering Picnic written by Marieke Hardy and produced by KAGE Theatre, The Australian Ballets new production 20:21 and upcoming shows and festivals for September.

Ep 1 - MTC Neon

In our first episode we'll be discussing Melbourne Theatre Company's Neon Season – the “Festival of Independent Theatre”. We cover Gary Abrahams/Dirty Pretty Things “The Lonely Wolf”, Patricia Cornelius’ “SHIT” and Elbow Rooms “We Get It”.

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