[ An Audience with Toyah Willcox ]

[ An Audience with... Finchley Arts Depot flyer ]
[ An Audience with... Lochgelly press ad ]

[ An Audience with - 2005/06 dates ]

An Audience With Toyah, Lochgelly Centre, Fife: 
Sunday 25th September, 2005 - Set-List/Show Report: 

Good Morning Universe 
Thunder in the Mountians 
Be Proud Be Loud (Be Heard) 
Because the Night 
Its A Mystery 
Sweet Child of Mine 
River Deep Mountain High 
I Want To Be Free 

An Audience With Toyah Willcox is exceptional, inspiring, funny,and full of the usual energy & magic that Toyah brings to the stage. 

That stage, on Sunday night, was set with a comfy armchair to the left and a rack of old stage clothes to the right. Throughout there were projections of photos (many of which rarely seen previously, including on-location shots of the making of the 'Brave New World' video and shots taken for the new DVD cover!) and videos were also shown. 

Toyah recounted stories relating to the images, covering many of the topics familiar to readers of her 2000 autobiography 'Living Out Loud', but also told several stories that were new to most ears. She interspersed these with a total of eight songs, sung live to a newly-recorded backing track. 

The reception was very warm and enthusiastic to say the least, and althought the crowd was not huge it was certainly vocal and the vibe in the room was amazing. Toyah was genuinely touched and surprised by the reception, explaining that it was the first time she had done this type of "show". Indeed, she over-ran by over 20 minutes for part one. After a 15 minute interval Toyah returned to the stage for a very interesting "Question & Answer" session, covering a wide variety of topics which she responded to admirably and fully. 

There was then a signing session. Books, CDs, autographed cards, flyers etc were available for purchase & at least 90% of the crowd surged to the front to lap it up. Toyah spent quality time with everyone, posing for photographs and was very natural and friendly with all. 

All in all it was a really entertaining, special evening. 

[ Thanks to Gavin Brick for the above report ]



Finchley Arts Depot: An Evening With Toyah Willcox 

Arts Depot patron Toyah Willcox has had a successful and highly diverse career with hit records, including the aptly titled 'Sheep Farming in Barnet', and many prestigious roles on stage and screen. She first came to fame in the punk rock era with appearances in cult films Jubilee and Quadrophenia, not to mention her hit singles. 

Since then she has become a household name appearing on television in everything from Songs of Praise to Quartermass and on stage in Shakespeare and popular musicals such as Calamity Jane. Most recently she is recognisable as the voice of Teletubbies and from her appearance in Im A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! In this evening of conversation, Toyah covers all of this and more, including why she recently went under the knife to regain her youth, and throws the floor open to questions from the audience.

An Audience With Toyah, Arts Depot, Finchley: 
Sunday 16th October, 2005 - Set-List/Show Report: 

Thunder in the Mountains 
Echo Beach 
Obsolete 
Because the Night 
It's A Mystery 
Sweet Child of Mine 
River Deep Mountain High 
I Want To Be Free 

Toyah mentioned once more that she still intends to complete her trilogy of albums by releasing a follow up to 'Prostitute' and 'Ophelia's Shadow' sometime in the future. A fan was also lucky enough to be allowed to try on Toyah's 'Be Proud' "Picasso" costume from 1982. A great night was had by all, with a much larger turnout than at the Lochgelly premiere performance last month. 

'Because The Night' was dedicated to Laurence Olivier, with whom Toyah starred in The Ebony Tower back in 1984. 

Damon King asked Toyah what one thing she would like to be remembered for, "my determination and for not giving up..." was her response. 

[ Thanks to Damon King for the above report ]
 


 

 

An Audience With Toyah, Stamford Arts Centre: 
Sunday 6th November, 2005 - Set-List/Show Report: 

Thunder in the Mountains 
Echo Beach 
Obsolete 
Because the Night 
It's A Mystery 
Sweet Child of Mine 
River Deep Mountain High 
I Want To Be Free 

Toyah was very relaxed and full of her expected energy and kept us all entertained with stories of her upbringing and career. It is a very intimate affair and she lets you in on a few more personal aspects of her life and career than you would usually get access to (brilliant photos of the Glums in front of famous landmarks - sorry you will just have to go see the show!). The small theatre setting is perfect to create this atmosphere. 

The question and answer session proved very amusing and interesting. Toyah said it is hoped 2006 we will see another live DVD release next year, and we may seen as many as five more re-releases of old albums! Talk has already started on the writing and release of another new album in 2006. She wants to continue to develop this Audience With Toyah format. She has had an idea for a film (about psychics) penned by a screen writer and is currently presenting it to studios to see if there is any interest! But panto is the first priority! And Toyah's own favourite album at the moment is 'Love Is The Law'.

[ Thanks to Glyn Whelan for the above report ]
 


   [ Thanks to Gavin Brick, Damon King & Angus Turner for the An Audience with... photos. Thanks also to Katie McAleese for the Fichley flyer ]