I've been a Phan since I was ten, LOL and we won't go into how long ago that was! But I've also been involved in various social justice struggles for a long time, too, from anti-war and anti-poverty/austerity movements to the necessary self-advocacy that's a daily part of every Disabled persons life. And I've always experienced these two aspects of my life, Phanship and activism, as deeply intertwined and interconnected! They very much inform each other! The result, therefore, has been the development of an artistic and academic practice built around exploring and drawing out those interconnections. And the In This Labyrinth podcast is part of that work!
Episode | April 1st, 2019 | 46 mins 52 secs
alw, femininity, gender, international women's day, kay, leroux, women
Exploring what the POTO cannon does with femininity, and how it subtly critiques dominant gender norms.
Episode | February 14th, 2019 | 32 mins 59 secs
alw, creativity, phanship, relationships, romance
Talking about romantic relationships in Phantom for #ValentinesDay!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!