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Christmas 2019: Day 13: Let’s Rock Winter

December 13th, 2019

Christmas 2019, Toyah rounded off an incredibly busy year of live concerts by playing the three-date Let’s Rock Winter Tour. A festive extravaganza which played three arenas; Motorpoint in Nottingham (29th November), The SSE Hydro in Glasgow (11th December) and Wembley Arena in London (tonight, 13th December).

The tour also featured Tony Hadley, Marc Almond, ABC, Jimmy Somerville, Nik Kershaw, Boney M, Altered Images, Toyah, Sonia, Annabella Lwin, Peter Coyle, Dr & The Medics.

Here’s the Let’s Rock Winter promo image and photos of Toyah ready to hit the stage at Motorpoint, Nottingham and the Crimson Queen with Clare Grogan at Glasgow’s Hydro. (Photos © Toyah Willcox/Clare Grogan)

Christmas 2019: Day 12: Toyah’s Vintage Christmas

December 12th, 2019

Christmas 2011, Toyah presented a three-hour festive spectacular for the, relatively, new music channel Vintage TV.

Toyah’s Vintage Christmas was a constant that Christmas, airing numerous times in December, with Toyah introducing festive pop videos and sharing seasonal trivia. The programme was repeated in subsequent years, and Toyah would go on to present other Christmas shows right through until Vintage TV – still sadly missed – closed in 2017.

Christmas 2019: Day 11: The Old Rep Gift Guide

December 11th, 2019

Christmas 2018, Toyah was pictured at The Birmingham Old Rep Theatre’s Christmas Gift Guide.

Santa and his Elves have been working very hard with The Old Rep team over the past few weeks spreading the Christmas cheer with Pinocchio. And with only two weeks to go until Christmas, we have some amazing gift ideas. There really is something for everyone!

Name a seat at The Old Rep
Naming a seat at The Old Rep is the perfect Christmas gift. For just £150 for 5 years you will play a role in securing the future of the theatre and help us continue creating opportunities for young people and emerging artists.

Each plaque featured in our auditorium is unique and inscribed with a personal message. Your plaque will be installed amongst our patrons Brian Cox, Brian Blessed, Toyah Willcox, June Brown and Albert Finney. (Photo © Toyah Willcox)

Christmas 2019: Day 10: The Magical Times

December 10th, 2019

Christmas 2011, Toyah was featured in the Winter 2011/Issue 10 of The Magical Times magazine. With a wonderfully festive cover image and an exclusive “fairytale” interview with Toyah inside! – Toyah Willcox speaks about fairies!

The pages of issue 10 are set to shine a splash of colour and a magical sparkle to your winter season…!

Inside this edition we present an exclusive interview with 80’s punk princess Toyah Willcox, who shares with us her spiritual experiences and why she believes that fairies do exist!

Kyle Gray writes about Angels and Ascension, Kit Berry speaks about her journey to Stonewylde and Laura Daligan explains to us how we can welcome the goddess Aphrodite’s loving energies into our everyday life.

Christmas 2019: Day 9: David Bowie & Starman

December 9th, 2019

Cchristmas2018dhristmas 2012, Toyah guested on Steve Lamacq’s Rock College on BBC Radio 2 discussing how absolutely life-changing first discovering David Bowie was for her when growing up in Birmingham in the early 1970s.

Toyah talks about the legendary album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and of first glimpsing, and hearing, Bowie performing Starman on the music programme Lift Off With Ayshea.

This was such a great audio clip it would’ve been a real shame to just let it disappear after its week on iPlayer back in 2012… so here it is! Click below to listen.

Christmas 2019: Day 8: TOTP – Be Proud Be Loud (Be Heard)

December 8th, 2019

Christmas 2016, and BBC Four aired a repeat Top Of The Pops, which was originally broadcast in October 1982 on BBC1, with Toyah’s studio performance of the single, Be Proud Be Loud (Be Heard). This site described it as “iconic, classic and utterly unforgettable“.

While the retro TOTP aired, BBC Four also tweeted: “In 1982, Toyah was so famous, she even had a lion-tailed macaque named after her on Animal Magic, and appeared on the show to meet it“.

Christmas 2019: Day 7: Toyah’s December/Christmas Blog

December 7th, 2019

Toyah’s December/Christmas 2019 blog is available to read at The Official Toyah Willcox website.

Toyah says “Happy Christmas Everybody!” and talks about 2019, gigs, film shoots, Christmas and life! As well as looking ahead to 2020: “2020 is bringing some very well timed surprises, especially as I am gearing up to tour with Hazel O’ Connor, in fact quite a few surprises are coming over the following year for my fans and record collectors.”

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Christmas 2019: Day 6: The Ebony Tower

December 6th, 2019

christmas2018bChristmas 1984, The Ebony Tower written by John Fowles and originally published in 1974 – aired on ITV on the 9th December.

Toyah filmed the 90-minute television drama, which was produced by Granada TV, in the Dordogne region of France during the Summer of 1983. She starred alongside Sir Laurence Olivier, Greta Scacchi and Roger Rees.

View promo shots from the drama here and here. Read an interview with Toyah, published when The Ebony Tower aired, by Outlook magazine, and another from around the same time, by Cosmopolitan magazine. Read Dreamscape’s 2011 DVD review, and view a couple of our fan adverts. (Thanks to andy for the screen cap below)

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Christmas 2019: Day 5: Unwrapped Gift Appeal

December 5th, 2019

Christmas 2010, Toyah helped launch the Unwrapped Gift Appeal at a Worcestershire branch of Oxfam with her fellow Sleeping Beauty cast members.

Toyah Willcox and other stars of the Sleeping Beauty pantomime, which is currently running at Malvern Theatres, joined forces with Archie the Oxfam goat to launch the charity’s range of Christmas gifts at the Oxfam shop in Church Street, Malvern, on Thursday.

Ms Willcox, children’s TV presenter Derek Moran, panto stalwart Charles Burden and stage star Wendy Purdy were all on hand to unveil the festive range. The Oxfam Unwrapped gift scheme is used by the international charity to help communities living in poverty around the world.

Christmas 2019: Day 4: Toyah & Messenger at Liberty

December 4th, 2019

christmas2018dA little, albeit unconventional, retail therapy at one of London’s top department stores made the fourth festive season of the 80s a very memorable one for Toyah fans and viewers of Good Morning Britain on TVAM.

Christmas 1983, Toyah, and her Brave New World video co-star Messenger, went early Christmas shopping in November… Pop singer and actress Toyah Willcox has always wanted to do her Christmas shopping on horseback! With a little help from TV-am’s ‘Fantasy Time’, and Liberty London in Regent Street, Toyah rode a white horse called Messenger through the store.

• Watch the full TVAM clip at Toyah’s Official You Tube channel and click below to see larger versions of the screen captures of Toyah and Messenger.

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Christmas 2019: Day 3: The Great British Panto

December 3rd, 2019

Christmas 2016, saw Toyah Willcox and the Great British Panto take place. The festive event was held at the Victoria & Albert Museum, aka the V&A, London. A fascinating event, with Toyah discussing the history, origins and traditions of pantomime, as well as her own 20-year panto career.

Toyah Willcox’s career has encompassed chart-hits, novels and roles on stage and screen, from working at the National Theatre to cult-classic Quadrophenia. She is also a celebrated pantomime performer, having spent many a season playing a variety of roles from Principal Boy to Wicked Queen. Join her as part of the V&A’s Christmas Festivities as she celebrates one of her and Britain’s best loved artforms.

Toyah will be in conversation with Senior Curator and Pantomime Editor of the British Theatre Guide, Simon Sladen. (Photos © Damon King)

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Christmas 2019: Day 2: Re-Joyce (In The Bleak Midwinter)

December 2nd, 2019

Christmas 2010, and The Hazel O’Connor Collective, which included Toyah as one of the main vocalists, released the charity single – written by Hazel O’Connor – Re-Joyce (In The Bleak Midwinter). Proceeds from the single went to Myton Hospice in Coventry where Hazel’s mum, Joyce, received care and treatment for cancer.

The track was also released on CD, and alongside the main single mix, some special solo versions were also released digitally, including Toyah’s. Re-Joyce (In The Bleak Midwinter) reached the Top 10 of the Amazon UK Music/Singles chart at Christmas 2010.

It’s December: Dreamscape Christmas 2019: Day 1

December 1st, 2019

Welcome to December. It’s Dreamscape’s 20th Christmas…

… and we are digging out some of our old, but treasured, decorations to celebrate the final festive season of the 2010s!

Just like every December for the past two decades Dreamscape will be counting down every day until Christmas Eve with festive content, and not only that, it’ll be festive Toyah content. Yup, really!

There’ll be lots of past Christmassy bits & pieces but some new stuff too. Join us every day for the next 24 for Christmas related updates – photos, info, trivia, memories and news. As well as details on any TV appearances for Toyah during December.

Christmas 2018: Toyah tweeted a sensational photo taken at Fistral Bay in Newquay: “Rocking out the storm at Fistral Bay”. A great start to definitely the best month of the year! (Photo © Toyah Willcox)