Sideshow Podcast Series

Sideshow Podcast Series

Tune in to a different kind of creativity and transform your understanding of art, culture and disability

The Sideshow Podcast Series (previously Activated Arts podcasts) is produced in association with Accessible Arts and 2RPH Radio. Explore the unconventional talent and distinctive work of professional arts practitioners with disability.

Join presenters Anthea Williams and Hanna Cormack (pictured above) and outstanding artists and arts workers from right across the creative spectrum for entertaining, enlightening and provocative discussions about art, culture and disability. Each program looks at a specific topic, bringing in guests to unpack that topic in creative and surprising ways, while discussing their work and arts practices. The program also includes a round-up of relevant news and events.

Podcast Links

The Sideshow Podcast Series is available on the below major platforms as well as the 2RPH website.

Program Notes

Episode 13 ( Fri 13 Jan 2023)

Art and Technology

This month Anthea talks with Yokohama based Researcher Giulia Barbareschi and Sydney based Interdisciplinary Artist Eugenie Lee all about adaptive technology and art making. Giulia Barbareschi is a researcher with a passion for disability, technology, innovation and global development based at the Keio School of Media Design in Yokohama. Eugenie Lee is a Sydney-based, Korean-Australian interdisciplinary artist with a conceptual focus on the lived experiences with persistent pain.

In the What’s On, Hanna outlines what’s accessible at the Sydney Festival and we listen to a tiny bit of Eliza Hull’s back catalogue.

Click here for the Episode 13 Transcript.

What’s On

Episode 12 ( Fri 13 August 2021)

Radical Hospitality via Mixed Blood Theater
This month Anthea chats to Actor and Director Regan Linton and research and marketing expert Robert Ley about Radical Hospitality and Mixed Blood. Mixed Blood Theater is a theatre company in Minneapolis USA which Anthea visited in 2018. The theatre proudly stage they are: DEDICATED TO REMOVING ANY AND EVERY BARRIER WE FIND. She was astounded by the company.

Click here for the Episode 12 Transcript.

What’s On

Episode 11 ( Fri 16 July 2021)

Bus Stop Films
This month Anthea chats with Bus Stop Films CEO Tracey Corbin Machett and Actress / Filmmaker Audrey O’Connor. Bus Stop Films have made over 50 films in their 12 years, but they’re also on a mission to make the whole industry more inclusive.

Click here for the Episode 11 Transcript.

What’s On

Episode 10 ( Fri 18 June 2021)

This month Anthea talks with filmmakers Emily Dash and Shawn Spina about one of her favourite initiatives, Screenability. Each year Screen NSW supports three filmmakers with disability to make a short which is shown at the Sydney Film Festival. The results have been spectacular.

Click here for the Episode 10 Transcript.

What’s On

Episode 9 (Fri 21 May 2021)

The Consultants
Consultancy can sometimes be a contentious issue in the arts and disability space, especially in relation to issues such as lived experience and authenticity. So this month our show host Anthea Williams talks with Tom Middleditch, a Co-Director of arts and neurodiversity company A_tistic and Matthew Field, CEO of The Attitude Foundation which works to improve representation of people with disability in the media.

Click here for the Episode 9 Transcript.

Episode 8 (Fri 23 April 2021)

The Invisible
In conjunction with The Sydney Writers’ Festival, this month Anthea will be talking with writers Kylie Maslen and Jacinta Parsons. Both Kylie and Jacinta have written remarkable debut novels about their Chronic Illness and living with an invisible disability. These books are insightful, wise and achingly honest and in the show Kylie and Jacinta talk about not only why they had to write them but also what they hope will change in the medical industry and media.

Click here for the Episode 8 Transcript.

What’s On

Episode 7 (Mar 2021)

Comedy & Disability
This month Anthea  talks to comedians Alistair Baldwin and Madeleine Stewart about comedy, disability, growing up disabled and hippotherapy. They discuss the specific experience of being disabled from birth and if that increases you chances of becoming a comic or just makes you less likely to be seen as a sex object. Also, what they would like to see change in the entertainment industry.

Click here for the Episode 7 Transcript.

Episode 6 (Feb 2021)

Back to Back
Over the past 30 years Back to Back has been one of Australia’s most successful and awarded theatre companies. They have travelled across the globe at Festivals in the USA, Europe, Asia and beyond.  And all from their home base in Geelong Victoria. The Company says that they question assumptions about what is possible in theatre but the assumptions we hold about ourselves and others. This month Activated Arts talk with ensemble members Simon Laherty and Ingrid Voorendt.

This month in the What’s On we meet a new member of the Activated Arts team Hanna Cormick who regular listeners will remember from episode 4, Value Shift. We discuss all things access including Gutted by Restless Dance Theatre, the lack of digital access at the Adelaide Festival and a newer form of audio description available via

Click here for the Episode 6 Transcript.

What’s On

Episode 5 (Jan 2021)

Casting, Representation and Sia’s Film Music
When the trailer for Sia’s film Music staring Maddie Ziegler playing a character on the Autism Spectrum the Disability Community was generally horrified. Sia bit back asking people to see the film before they judged it. So that’s just what we did. This week I speak with Sophie Smyth and Bridie McKim, two brilliant actresses who identify as living with disability, Sophie with Autism. We discuss the film, casting and the broader ramifications of representation.

Click here for the Episode 5 Transcript.

What’s On

Episode 4 (Jan 2021)Value Shift
Anthea talks with artist Hanna Cormick. In 2015, Hanna Cormick was living in Paris and working as a physical performer with a background in dance, circus and interdisciplinary arts. Now Hanna is a wheelchair user and due to a number of acute allergic reactions she spends much of her time at home and must when a full-face mask when in public. But her arts practice has deepened and the values behind her work have radically shifted. This month we spend a full episode talking to this remarkable artist.

Click here for the Episode 4 Transcript.

What’s On

Episode 3 (Dec 2020)

Embracing Disability
Anthea talks with Asphyxia, (visual artist, circus performer, musician and writer of the remarkable novel Future Girl) and Sarah-Vyne Vassallo (choreographer, director and Artistic Director of Integrated Performance Company Murmuration). They discuss how their work and practice changed when they embraced Auslan or living with disability. In the what’s on Anthea and Liz discuss brilliant films that cast people with disability currently.

Click here for the Episode 3 Transcript.

What’s On

Episode 2 (Nov 2020)

Writing The Self
Anthea talks with writers Fiona Wright and Anna Jacobson about their work and how their writing has helped them and those around them understand complex disability. Fiona Wright is a poet and essayist and Anna Jacobson is a polymath – a writer, visual and video artist. |

Click here for the Episode 2 Transcript.

What’s On

  • Deluge is an online collaboration between artists from Australia, Hong Kong and the UK
  • Ingress is Jeremy Hawkes solo exhibition at the Lismore Regional Gallery, Nov 28 2020 – Jan 10 2021

Episode 1 (Oct 2020)

Anthea talks with Anna Barnes and Esther Hannaford, Lead-Writer and Actor from ABC series Retrograde, and Allison Reynolds, Paul Calcott and Jeffery Wood Visual Artists working on the radically accessible 2020 Exhibition about creating arts and entertainment in reaction to the pandemic.

Click here for the Episode 1 Transcript.

What’s On


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Image: Black and white headshots of the podcast presenters Anthea Williams and Hanna Cormack appear on either side of an yellow and orange Sideshow logo. Underneath a tagline reads: Arts Culture Disability.

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