In This Labyrinth: Justice From the Heart of The Phantom Of The Opera

Love of Phantom meets love of justice.

About the show

This podcast draws on the world's most popular musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom Of The Opera, as well as on the experience of Phanship having been a Phan myself for three odd decades now, to explore social justice and intersectionality. That said, although a lot of my exploration and analysis comes from the Lloyd Webber stage-musical, I will talk about other versions of Phantom as well, along with some of the best of Phanfiction that I've yet come across! And whenever possible, I'll be interviewing fellow Phans, Phan-authors/creators, etc, to give voice to different experiences than just my own. So enjoy, and long live Phantom as a force for a better world!

Episodes and Blog Entries

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    My Power Over You Grows Stronger Yet!

    Episode  |  October 31st, 2018  |  41 mins 36 secs
    alw, disability, history, obsession, phanship

    In this episode, I talk about Phantom, Phanship and obsession!

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    Your Spirit And My Voice!

    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!

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    Our Strange Duet: The Oft Overlooked Power of the Title Song!

    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!

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    Show-Notes for Episode 4: Turning From True Beauty

    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.

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    Turning From True Beauty

    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!

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    Show-notes part 1 for episode 3 - That Man And Mystery: POTO and the Trouble With Normal part 2

    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".

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    That Man And Mystery: POTO and the Trouble With Normal part 2, ALW

    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.

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    Show notes for Episode 2 - Poor, Unhappy Erik: POTO and the Trouble With Normal part 1.

    Article  |  July 12th, 2018
    disability, history, leroux, literature, normalcy, phantom of the opera, politics

    The quotes and sources I referenced in episode 2.

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    RIP Gillian Lynne.

    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.

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    Poor, Unhappy Erik: POTO and the Trouble With Normal part 1, Leroux.

    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.

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    Whose Is The Face In The Mask?

    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!