Is One Vampy Lady
singer Toyah Willcox loves playing the Devil
Queen in stage show Vampires Rock, which is about
to tour Scotland.
Dressing up in outrageous
costumes to belt out classic rock tunes every
night is a dream come true for the 50-year-old
She said: "It is a
lovely show to do and really good fun. The
audience just love it, too. They all come dressed
up as their favourite vampire or really gothic,
they participate in everything and they love the
"Each song is a
fantastic rock track and the audience know every
word. It's great and it is the one show I've done
that goes in a blink of an eye."
Show creator Steve
Steinman reckons that Toyah is the perfect choice
to play the Devil Queen in the unique production.
He said: "I really
wouldn't call Vampires Rock a musical, it is a
concert with a little bit more.
"It is very visual
and Toyah just fits in so well. She is a legend
and she has absolutely done the business and
looks like she is really enjoying it."
Toyah is so involved in
the show that she even designs the costumes.
She said: "I have
created these looks over the last year as part of
Toyah TV that I started on My Space.
"I have a team that
creates my looks for me and I do have a lot of
say in how I want them to be. It is something
that I have done for many years."
Toyah has her fingers in
many pies. As well as Vampires Rock, she has
recently released two albums, In The Court Of The
Crimson Queen and Good Morning Universe - The
Very Best of Toyah. She has also been performing
solo gigs in front of as many as 30,000 people.
She said: "I've had a very busy year, but
that's the way I like it. I love my work because
it is great fun and it is so varied.
"No day is the same
as the last and I don't look forward to booking a
holiday the way other people do because it just
doesn't fit into my life. But that's probably
because my life feels rewarding and I don't feel
any need to escape from that.
"I am very choosy
about the work that I do and I would never pick
jobs which would make me feel like that.
"I look for things
that have originality, which push boundaries. I'm
not interested in what I'd call safe, I like
things that are quite unusual and new in their
"Like with Vampire
Rocks, there is something very clever about it.
It is an incredibly simple idea, but the audience
just get it. There is very little script, Steve
just lets the songs carry the story. You just
have to see how the audiences react to see how it
Toyah, who is originally
from Birmingham, has been in show business for
more than 30 years, first coming to the public's
attention when she appeared in Derek Jarman's
1977 film Jubilee and Quadrophenia.
Her singing career then
blossomed in the early 1980s with hits It's A
Mystery and I Want To Be Free and in 1982 she was
named Best Female Singer at the British Rock and
Pop Awards, now the Brits.
Over the years, she has
also appeared in a huge range of TV programmes
ranging from Songs Of Praise to the The Good Sex
Guide. More recently, she has been in Secret
Diary Of A Call Girl, the third series of which
she is booked to appear in next year.
She said: "I am fully
booked for all of next year.
"I am doing more
Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, Vampires Rock again,
I am starring in a film called Power Of Three and
I am playing Paul McGann's sister in a new series
called Mason And Son.
"So I am pretty busy
and that's just the way I like it."