Rocks As Wicked Queen
directors are often left with a difficult task on
for example, Steve Steinmans Vampires Rock,
a high-octane show featuring blood-sucking
creatures, an undead band, jaw droppingly
revealing costumes, all set to a soundtrack of
classic rock masterpieces.
who on earth would you cast as the Devil Queen,
the wife of the evil Baron Von Rockula?
isnt it obvious? Toyah Willcox of course.
makes sense for me to be a part of this,
says the 51-year-old star.
a great show, very lively, very loud and its
rock, so Im used to the genre. I also have
a cult following, much like vampires.
Toyah admits, she is probably the ideal candidate
for the role.
her career spanning more than 30 years, the
musician has recorded 20 albums and notched up 13
top 40 singles.
early acting credits include the 1977 punk epic
Jubilee, and the legendary mod film Quadrophenia,
two years later.
has also taken to the stage in countless shows
such as Amadeus and Cheap Thrills, and performed
on screen, most recently in Secret Diary of a
latest part sees her play a 2,000-year-old devil
queen, set in a futuristic New York nightclub, in
Vampires Rock, which comes to the Cliffs
Pavilion, Station Road, Westcliff, on Friday,
part-musical, part-comedy tells the story of the
nightclubs charismatic owner Baron Von
Rockula, played by Steve Steinman, who attempts
to ditch the queen for the aspiring singer
Baron wants to trade in his wife for a younger
model, says Toyah.
audience love that and theyre not
politically correct. But when you look at the
lyrics of rock songs they are ageist and sexist.
Jovi never sings about how much he loves his
ageing wife, so the humour is already there.
clearly relishes the role which allows her to
become a little bit evil for the night. Sinister
roles are much more rewarding and I do enjoy
frightening children, she admits.
a musician herself, the shows big hitting
tracks are another reason for her involvement.
heavyweights like AC/DC, Guns N Roses, Led
Zeppelin, Meat Loaf and Queen lend the music and
lyrics, which help the plot to unfurl.
love the rock music we do. Its all classic
stuff, says Toyah, excitedly. The
band are very young and are on stage for three
hours without dropping energy, which adds a
lively element to the show.
show sees Toyah don some flamboyant and
figure-hugging outfits, reminiscent of those she
wore during her years as a musician.
have taken all the costumes from my solo work and
put them into Vampires Rock with a few changes,
costumes are revealing and daring. I dont
have a problem with the exhibitionist side of it.
I started, women were expected to be feminine and
ladylike and it was important for me to be the
opposite of that.
tried to push the boundaries with what I was
wearing. Now women can express themselves through
image and it doesnt have to be blatantly
like to think today, as a 51-year-old, there is
still room for living your life and expressing
yourself and not hiding away because of your age.
her role in the show comes to an end, Toyah
intends to get back out there as a musician with
her band the Humans, and as a solo artist.
grand these plans may appear, none may propel her
to the surprisingly lofty heights she experienced
after lending her voice to Childrens TV
the only time I have needed security on the
streets I couldnt go anywhere,
she says. To even have your name associated
with it gave you superstar status!