& A: Toyah Willcox
From Punk to Panto
time of year already! Pantomime returns to The
Marlowe Theatre this winter with a new production
of Sleeping Beauty. Alongside former Pop Idol
Gareth Gates, pop stalwart Toyah Willcox stars as
the Wicked Fairy. Toyah has had a long-running
musical career; her first album was released back
in 1979 and she still tours with her band today.
Having performed in numerous theatre, television
and film productions she is also a panto veteran.
Toyah tells Emma Featherstone why she is looking
forward to hitting the Canterbury stage.
worked in panto since 1993. What makes you return
learnt to love pantomime as a form of theatre,
which is more successful than any other. In the
last 20 years it has been completely reinvented,
mainly by one man, Kevin Wood (one of
Britains top pantomime producers). His
daughter Emily produces Sleeping Beauty.
you enjoy playing the baddie?
is about audience participation and the
baddie is the one they retaliate
against. Even if youre really nice
to the audience, theyre going
to boo you!
do you think of Canterbury?
love it; I have an apartment there. I do
all my Christmas shopping in Canterbury
and I like the buzzy high street. You
can walk down it and hear
Dutch, French, and Belgian. My husband
(the guitarist Robert Fripp) and I are into
the history of the church. So, for me,
Canterbury is a leading city in Great
performing in pantomime get you
into the Christmas spirit?
especially when youre in a town that
still celebrates the true meaning of
Christmas. You always hear carols being sung
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