This podcast brings together my love for/obsession with The Phantom of the Opera and my academic background in Disability-centred intersectional analysis to explore Phantom, and what makes it resonate so powerfully with us Phans, in all its great depth and richness. It explores the vast wealth of symbolism, history, and, yes, even politics in and around the various incarnations of the story, and in and around the story's power over us. And in doing so, I hope this show will enrich others' Phanship as much as these explorations have enriched mine over the years I've been doing them in my academic work!
Episode | December 23rd, 2018 | 46 mins 19 secs
ableism, alw, audiobook, books, disability, gerik, madness, phanfic, reviews
Review and discussion of Louise Anne Bateman's Phanfic novel The Angel's Shadow. Warning, spoiler alert! Also, CW for mild discussion of depression, suicide and sexuality.
Episode | November 21st, 2018 | 36 mins 56 secs
alw, disability, history, leroux, mask, masquerade
In which I explore the masquerade scenes in POTO, and their relationship to the short story by Poe - Masque of the Red Death - that inspired them.
Article | November 16th, 2018
disability, history, madness, obsession, phanship, phantom of the opera, references
References for the stuff I talked about in episode 7 on Phanship and obsession.
Episode | October 31st, 2018 | 41 mins 36 secs
alw, disability, history, obsession, phanship
In this episode, I talk about Phantom, Phanship and obsession!
Episode | September 22nd, 2018 | 28 mins 52 secs
alw, desire, disability, disability pride, phanship, phantom of the opera, politics, tdpm
Where I explore how Phantom shaped my Disabled identity and politics, in honour of Disability Pride 2018!
Episode | September 4th, 2018 | 35 mins 59 secs
alw, music, staging, title song
In which I nerd out on the awesome, multi-layered intricacies of the song entitled "The Phantom of the Opera" from the ALW stage-musical!
Article | August 26th, 2018
ableism, alw, disability, film, gerik, phantom of the opera, politics
Notes and references for episode 4 in which I discuss the Gerik.
Episode | August 6th, 2018 | 53 mins 1 sec
alw, disability, gerik, phantom of the opera, politics
In which I discuss some of the issues I have with the 2004 film adaptation of the ALW Phantom. Spoiler Alert!
Article | July 28th, 2018
disability, history, musicals, phantom of the opera" alw, 1980s, politics, normalcy, "social movements, theatre
Some of the quotes and sources referenced in episode 3 on the ALW stage-musical and the issue of "normalcy".
Episode | July 20th, 2018 | 40 mins 7 secs
1980s, alw, close reading, disability, history, normal, phantom of the opera, theatre
Part 2 of my discussion of Phantom and the concept of "normal/normalcy" in which I talk about the ALW musical.
Article | July 12th, 2018
disability, history, leroux, literature, normalcy, phantom of the opera, politics
The quotes and sources I referenced in episode 2.
Episode | July 7th, 2018 | 3 mins 42 secs
alw, choreography, dance, gillian lynne, memorial, phantom of the opera
A short tribute to Gillian Lynne, the original choreographer of the ALW stage-musical of Phantom, who recently passed away at the age of 92.
Episode | July 7th, 2018 | 48 mins 13 secs
close reading, disability, history, intersectionality, leroux, normal/normalcy, phantom of the opera, politics
An exploration of the original novel of Phantom by Gaston Leroux in its historical context, and how the novel treats the concept of "normal"/"normalcy". Content warning for references to sexism, racism, colonial and ableist violence, and eugenics.
Episode | June 12th, 2018 | 37 mins 31 secs
alw, disability, gender, intersectionality, phanship, phantom of the opera, politics, poto, queerness
Introducing myself and the podcast!