From Sara Novic’s new book to Jodie Comer’s West End debut, the new Disney+ series we’re already obsessed with to the Disney exhibition to book, we’ve taken a look at some of the best things landing this month. 

The Culture Fix is an edit of our favourite new launches, TV releases and events happening in London. It’s a space to inspire the month ahead, whether you’re on the hunt for new exhibitions or a new show to binge through. Read on to find out our April favourites.

The Book Everyone’s Talking About: True Biz by Sara Novic 

Deaf rights activist and American author, Sara Novic has released a new novel centred around the students at River Valley School for the Deaf. The narrative touches on themes that are often left out in mainstream books, including sign language, lip-reading, disability, civil rights and injustice, as we are plunged into a narrative centred around the Dear community. 

We’ll meet a rebellious deaf transfer student Charlie, the school’s golden boy Austin and the school’s headmistress, February, who’s struggling to keep her head above water.

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The Film We’re Excited For: Charli XCX: Alone Together

British pop icon Charli XCX isn’t one to hold back, so when lockdown erupted in March 2020 it seemed fitting that she’d keep herself busy by recording an album. The slight difference? She created the whole thing in 40 days. 

She’s known for her big sounds and has helped shatter the glass ceiling, redefining the term ‘pop’. If you loved the album, how i’m feeling now, this month sees the release of the quarantine album she recorded to go alongside. See how she turns her hand to writing, recording and releasing her iconic lo-fi album from home.

Release Date: 14.04.2022 

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The Must-See Exhibition: Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts

One for the Disney fans… This spring sees Wallace Collection’s new exhibition dedicated to Disney’s animation, offering a space for lovers of the franchise to explore the magic come to life like never before. 

On display from April until October, the exhibition explores the connection between American 20th-century hand-drawn animation and French 18th-century art. You’ll be able to see how some of your favourite characters and narratives were first brought to life, from idea through to the present-day animations.

On display from 06.04.2022 – 16.10.2022 

www.wallacecollection.org

The New TV To Binge: Single Drunk Female

In need of some light relief? Single Drunk Female is Disney+’s new relatable series that follows Carol (Ally Sheedy), a young 20-something recovering alcoholic as she tries to navigate her life post-rehab.

The comedy series will see you follow her closely as she learns how to live without reaching for the bottle, from moving back in with her mum to coming to terms with her best friend and ex-boyfriend’s proposal.

Release Date: 06.04.2022 

Stream it on Disney+

The New Theatre Show To See: Prima Facie

Making her West End debut in a one-woman show is Emmy and BAFTA-winning actress, Jodie Comer. The show, named Prima Facie, will be running for a limited time only, and will see Comer star as Tessa, a young barrister who has risen to success from a working-class background.

Taking over the Harold Pinter Theatre, the show will follow Tessa as she finds herself on the other side of the bar, following a previous client who calls into question the accuracy of the opposing witnesses and their stories.

Opens 14.04.2022 until 18.06.2022 

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The New Podcast To Listen To: Normal Gossip

There’s nothing like a good bit of local gossip to get you through the day. Whether it’s office romances, your next door neighbours late night antics or playground rumours, the new podcast Normal Gossip can’t get enough.

Hosted by Kelsey McKinney, join her and a new guest star each week as they deep dive into banal, strange and juicy gossip from complete strangers.

The Event To Book: The Handmaid’s Tale Opera

There are some things you can predict but an opera production dedicated to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale isn’t one of them. But it’s happening! 

Taking over the London Coliseum for a ten-day run, Poul Ruders’s adaptation transports you to the dystopian world, known as the Republic of Gilead. It’s a space where women are stripped of their freedom, with the story following Offred, a Handmaid forced to reproduce with Commanders of the Republic. 

Highlighting the major themes noted in both the book and TV adaptation, the opera’s score will be minimalist, haunting and eerie, with the actors draped in red gowns.

Opens 04.04.2022 – 14.04.2022

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