Trick or Treat? Of course it’ll definitely be the latter tonight at Birmingham Ballroom with The Changeling Resurrection II Halloween Special: Toyah’s Creepy Room. Dress in your best spooky outfit, expect The Packt, Creepy Room, Voodoo Doll & Ieya in the set list, and have fun!
Following on from last Wednesday’s post about the Sleeping Beauty cast switching on the Christmas Lights in three different towns, it now looks like there is a fourth!
Countdown to Christmas: Christmas in Whitefriars is always a magical experience and this year is no exception. The Marlowe Theatre panto stars will officially launch Christmas in the city on Thursday 15 November. The popular lights switch-on event in St George’s Street will also feature a mix of games, community activities and music performances.
Smash Hit Panto: Following the success of last year’s smash hit Marlowe Theatre pantomime, you’re guaranteed another fabulous festive treat this Christmas with Sleeping Beauty. Topping the bill are singing sensation Gareth Gates and pop legend Toyah Willcox.
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Just one day to go until Toyah’s Creepy Room spooks Birmingham… Buy tickets here.
Hormonal Housewives: Starring Toyah Willcox: The Hormonal Housewives are back, and this time they mean business! ‘Hormonal Housewives will have you bouncing in your seat, clapping rhythmically and laughing uncontrollably! Catch it while you can…’ (Thanks to James Hawes)
The Corn is Green: True Movies 2: Sunday 11th November: 3.00am
Academy Award winner Katharine Hepburn stars as a schoolteacher determined to help the people of a turn-of-the-century Welsh mining town. With Ian Saynor, Bill Fraser, Patricia Hayes, Anna Massey, Artro Morris, Dorothea Phillips, Toyah Willcox, Huw Richards, Bryn Fon, Dyfan Roberts and Robin John. Directed by: George Cukor (1979).
There’s now just one day to go until Toyah’s Creepy Room sends shivers through Birmingham Ballroom as The Changeling Resurrection II hits the city for a Halloween Special. Here are Dreamscape’s three and two days to go countdown images. Check back later today for the next one. Please click on each to zoom. Buy Creepy Room tickets here.
• Burst Radio: Win Toyah Tickets!: We have 2 free tickets to give away for Toyah at the Concorde2 in Brighton on Saturday night (worth £40). To enter, simply answer this question: Was Toyah’s first album called…?
• One Week // One Band: Adam And The Ants/Jubilee: Do people talk about Jordan much these days? Once—for a year or three—she mattered quite a lot.
• The Lee Mack Show: Toyah guests on Lee’s radio sketch show in 2005, and performs ‘Sweet Child O Mine’. Available at BBC iPlayer until Sat 3rd November.
• The Wave: The Rebel Diva 80s Show: Taking place at The Arts Wing, Swansea Grand Theatre, our very own Helen Enser Morgan – star of Cappuccino Girls and Brenda’s Big Night Out presents her unique vocal and comic tribute to the pop Divas of the 1980’s. Expect glittering performances as Toyah, Annie Lennox, Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry, Hazel O’Connor and Chrissie Hynde.
I’ve always loved ‘Thunder In The Mountains’. It’s a great pop song; slightly over the top lyrics, excellently synth-driven, with a pulsating rhythm and memorable chorus/hook, “Can you hear it breaking through…“, and a huge production by Nick Tauber. I’ve always said that if this was used in a big budget movie it would easily be as massive again as it was back in 1981. Music this well produced doesn’t date!
Of course this was Toyah moving further away from their early ‘Sheep Farming in Barnet/The Blue Meaning’ “coolness”, eras that are still popular 30-odd years later with fans, but most bands and artists want to progress and reach bigger audiences.
Toyah did this by evolving and adopting a more commercial sound and embracing mainstream/kid’s television, but they still managed to retain a quirkiness that set them way apart from the run-of-the-mill popsters of the early 80s. ‘Thunder In The Mountains’ illustrates that perfectly. This was Toyah’s eighth UK single, written by Toyah, Adrian Lee and Nigel Glockler, with a spectacular promo video by Godley and Creme.
Toyah’s visuals were a significant aspect of her, and the band’s, appeal. The imagery for TITM was possibly the most adventurous yet. Why Toyah isn’t lauded far more loudly in New Wave/Romantic/80s documentaries and articles really is a mystery. Thankfully fans in their own way are ensuring the wonderful imagery isn’t being forgotten.
I’m hoping to add a new ‘Song Of The Week’ each Monday. If anyone would like their’s added here please get in touch. It doesn’t have to be a single.
A Request: Did anyone take photos of the Russian Dolls (The Changeling, Anthem, At The Rainbow, The Blue Meaning) Toyah was gifted by a fan at Saturday’s TCRII Redhill concert?
UPDATE: Toyah has tweeted a photo of these amazing creations: “presented with these staggering hand painted russian dolls at the harlequin theatre last night! Thank u“.
Last night’s Changeling Resurrection II gig, at The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill. Toyah tweeted: “The lighting at redhill harlequin is breath taking! And the sound is awesome! I can’t wait to get on stage!” View larger versions of these photos, and more, at Dreamscape’s TCRII Gallery. (Thanks again to Angus Turner)
Fantastic photos of Toyah at The Electric Palace, Bridport on Friday night. Another Changeling Resurrection II date, with no less than 22 songs in the set list. Toyah tweeted: “OMG the electric palace bridport is Sssssssooooo cute!” View larger versions of these photos, and more, at Dreamscape’s TCRII Gallery. (Huge thanks to Angus Turner)
Gareth will play Prince Charming to leading lady Faye Brooks who played Elle in the UK tour of Legally Blonde, while Toyah takes up the role of the Wicked Fairy. They will be joined by Katrina Bryan, Nina in CBeebies children’s series Nina and the Neurons, and Margate-born comedian Lloyd Hollett who has supported Jim Davidson on his UK tour.
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I mentioned earlier in the year that Kylie seemed to be channeling her inner Toyah with this image. Thanks to Andi for this collection of photos which reinforces this further, and also for inventing “Toylie” – Copyright that name Andi ;)
Great footage of Toyah onstage at Islington Academy, London, last Saturday performing ‘Good Morning Universe’. Click below to view at You Tube. (Thanks to Damon King)
A very Happy Birthday to, Toyah fan, Asher Meekins. Thanks to Asher for sending these great photos of Wykehurst Place, which is located in Wykehurst Park in Bolney, West Sussex. It is, of course, most famous to Toyah fans as the house pictured on the cover of The Blue Meaning. It was also used for location filming in the 1973 horror movie The Legend Of Hell House as well as a number of other films (The Eagle Has Landed, Oh! What A Lovely War and a few Hammer Horror’s). Built between 1871 – 74, it was most recenty used as a hotel. Click below to zoom!