first and last: Toyah Willcox, actress/singer/presenter
My first property was an old British Rail
warehouse in Battersea, southwest London, which I rented for £60
a week with three friends and which I converted into an arts centre. We
each built our bedrooms with wood we found lying around and there was also
a 2,000 square foot space that was used for events and parties. It became
part of London's subterranean culture, as well as a haunt of London's glitterati.
David Bowie, Boy George and Iggy Pop would come down and Steve Strange
would host parties with 400 people and only one loo between them. Even
though I was often away filming, I remember living there as one of the
most stressful times of my life.
My most recent purchase is an 18th century
fisherman's cottage on the Avon, near Stratford, with three bedrooms and
a great view over the river and surrounding flood plains. It has an almost
Mediterranean light and the sky always seems to be blue. I go there to
write, to paint, to be creative, and it's where I feel most settled.
Toyah Willcox is just completing a run in Sleeping
Beauty in Canterbury, to keep up with what Toyah is doing go to www.toyahwillcox.com.