Orange Is The New Black: Episode 7

Watson arrives back from the dreaded SHU (Segregated Housing Unit) after she was sent there in relation to the screwdriver incident. She and Chapman have to fix an electrical problem in the ceiling which means crawling around in a very small space. Chapman takes this time to be overly nice to Watson, offering to make her earplugs out of pillow cases and all sorts. Watson is onto Chapman – no one is that nice for no reason. She realises that Chapman was the cause of screwdriver-gate and she’s not happy, but says she’s not a snitch.

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Orange Is The New Black: Episode 6

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In the last few episodes we’ve had a missing screwdriver, a potentially non-existent chicken on the loose, and now there’s apparently a mobile phone floating around in the prison. Figueroa tells Caputo to sort it out – she’s been hearing things about an inmate at the Litch appearing on prisonpoon.com (exactly what it sounds like). She tell Caputo that if he can get to the bottom of it, there might be a pay rise in it for him – ‘it is so depressing working with a man who works below 40K.’ Continue reading

Orange Is The New Black: Episode 5

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As usual there’s a lot going on in this episode. Flashback territory belongs mainly to Diaz, giving us some insight into her relationship with her mother, who’s serving time in the same prison – they don’t seem to be big pals. Diaz’s flashbacks reveal that her mum isn’t going to win any awards for Mum of the Year she leaves Diaz in charge of looking after the kids while she swans off with some suspect-looking guy who seems to be running some sort of drug outlet from their house. She tells Diaz to order a pizza – ‘I’m eating oysters bitches.’ Charming. Continue reading

Upcoming Album Releases of 2013

It’s cold. It’s raining. I’ve rediscovered my boots. This can only mean one thing: summer is well and truly over. 2013 has been an exciting year for album releases, including a long awaited release from Daft Punk and a surprise return from David Bowie. But there’s still more to come – so to take your mind off the incessant rain outside, here’s some upcoming albums to look out for. Continue reading

Orange Is The New Black: Episode 4

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Opening where we left off in the last episode (Crazy Eyes whazzing all over the floor of Chapman’s new cell), Chapman is now dealing with aftermath and trying desperately to clean up this mess with maxi pads. Claudette is not impressed with Chapman’s cleaning skills – this maxi pad technique is all well and good but how is she going to disinfect the floor? ‘I don’t know, I’ve never cleaned up another person’s pee before!’ Prompting yet another dig at Chapman’s middle class status, Claudette responds, ‘what a privileged life you’ve lead.’ Continue reading

Secret Theatre – an inspired initiative or post-structuralism gone mad?

The new season of Secret Theatre at the Lyric asks its audience to take a leap of faith when buying tickets, as they won’t know the play’s title, who’s in it, or who wrote it – it could be a brand new play, a quirky adaptation, or a classic production. Whatever it is, the idea behind Secret Theatre is that you won’t know until the curtain comes up. Continue reading

Orange Is The New Black: Episode 3

The episode opens with a scene set in a firestation: there are no particularly familiar characters so at first it’s not openly apparent where this is going, until we realise that one of the firemen, is in fact Sophia Burset (one of the female inmates) before her transgender operation. Burset, as a man, changes in the cubicles at work to conceal the pink, lace underwear he has on.

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Flashbacks of Burset’s life dominate this episode, filling in her background story as well as presenting some of the issues and difficulties of being a transgender. As a man, Burset had a wife and son, and while his wife tries to hold onto their relationship and accept him as a woman, their son, understandably, doesn’t really get it. Continue reading