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 DECEMBER 2008 NEWS:
 BBC iPlayer - Catch up on Christmas (& Toyah)
 Monday 29th December, 2008....................................Television/Internet
Toyah's festive TV appearances on Ready Steady Cook and Celebrity Mastermind are available to watch at BBC iPlayer. Unfortunately only residents of the UK can currently view/download programmes on the iPlayer.

 Dreamscape - Coming Soon (Part Deux) - It's almost a blog!!
 Monday 29th December, 2008..................................................Site News
OK I admit I got bored, hence an earlier than expected update. I hope everyone had a great Christmas (yep, I know it still is Christmas, but you know what I mean!) I spent a chunk of Boxing Day "tinkering" trying to sort out the problems that have plagued the site through December. My other highlight was Doctor Who - I've read loads of negative comments about it but I took it for what it was, an hour of escapist Christmas fun, and loved it. Wasn't Dervla Kirwan brilliant? Thanks to everyone who sent the site, and me, Christmas emails, messages and cards. Anyway, that's enough about me.

As mentioned above, two of Toyah's Christmas appearances are available to watch at BBC iPlayer: Ready Steady Cook, from Boxing Day, is available until Friday 2nd January, and Mastermind, from 28th December, is available until Sunday 4th January. Alternatively both can be downloaded in higher quality and kept for 30 days.

Toyah has been all over the TV in the last few days, as well as the above there's also been The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments, Quadrophenia, Minder, Celebrity Brides Unveiled, and Our Psychic Family (which will be repeated again in the New Year)

January is set to be a really busy month for Dreamscape. We have screen caps from Ready Steady Cook, Celebrity Mastermind, and Celebrity Brides Unveiled. More news on Vampires Rock, the Anchoress DVD, details about a new magazine cover for Toyah, and a video interview from earlier this month. As well as all that there's Dreamscape's Toyah Top 10 of 2008, Review of Toyah's year, and a rundown of what Toyah will be doing in 2009. Plus anything else that happens between now and the next update!

In the meantime, for anyone whose sleep pattern has went a bit squiffy due to Christmas, Toyah pops up on Channel 4 early this morning:

In Your Dreams : Channel 4 - Monday 29th December : 3.35am
The meaning of celebrities' dreams, beginning with Toyah Willcox.

Don't forget there are repeats of Quadrophenia, Living With The Dead, Celebrity Brides Unveiled and Our Psychic Family airing over the next week or so, taking us into 2009 and beyond.

 My Spirit Radio - Sex & The Stars
 Monday 29th December, 2008......................................................Internet
Here's another little extra Christmas treat... An interesting interview with Toyah, from 2006, I've only just discovered.

Toyah Willcox, musician and actress, talks about her love life, and being a Taurean.

From My Spirit Radio, Toyah is interviewed as part of their Sex & The Stars series. She talks about what she finds attractive, her ideal date, life with Robert, her career and much more.

Please click here to download the interview directly or on the My Spirit Radio logo to vist the site and listen to the interview. Running time is just over 15 minutes.

 Liverpool Echo - Boxing Day Interview
 Monday 29th December, 2008.................................................Press Clips
Jade Wright talks to Toyah Willcox on her return to the Liverpool stage as a wronged vampire queen

Singer, actress, presenter, author... it’s hard to pigeonhole Toyah Willcox. In a career spanning over 30 years she’s had 13 top 40 singles, recorded 20 albums, written two books, appeared in over 40 stage plays, made 10 feature films and presented hundreds of television programmes from The Good Sex Guide Late to Songs Of Praise.

Now she’s back on stage in Liverpool for the first time in five years, playing The Devil Queen in Vampires Rock Christmas.

“I came up with Calamity Jane in 2003,” she explains. “And I loved every minute. Liverpool is very much my kind of place. I’ve always felt at home.

“I can’t wait to come back. Everyone tells me I won’t recognise it, but I’m sure the friendliness will still be there. And I’m so pleased I’m just about squeezing something in for Capital of Culture year.

Read the full interview at the Liverpool Echo, or here.

 Merry Christmas from Dreamscape
 Christmas Eve, 2008............................................................It's Christmas!

 Dreamscape - Coming Soon!
 Christmas Eve, 2008.................................................................Site News
Well, that's it for 2008. We are taking a short break over Christmas. Please check back in the New Year for Dreamscape's Review of Toyah's Year, screen caps from all of Toyah's Christmas telly, and The Toyah Top Ten of 2008. Hmm, I wonder what will be number one this year?

See you all in 2009!

 Toyah @ Christmas - The Dreamscape Advent Calendar
 Christmas Eve, 2008...............................................................1 day to go
It's Christmas Eve, my favourite day of the year, and it's the final day of the Dreamscape Advent Calendar... I hope you've enjoyed the Toyah @ Christmas updates over the last 24 days. 

Last Christmas Eve morning Toyah guested on BBC Breakfast, live from the Hexagon in Reading, where she was starring in her panto, Jack & The Beanstalk. It was a great festive way to start off Christmas Eve.

 Toyah on Christmas/New Year TV - Round Up
 Christmas Eve, 2008................................................................Television
The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments : More 4 - Christmas Eve : 7.55pm
Jimmy Carr reveals the greatest Christmas moment of all time. From the moment when George Bailey's guardian angel earns his wings in It's A Wonderful Life to Dawn and Tim's long-awaited kiss under the mistletoe in The Office, the first of this two part special begins the count down of the 100 festive moments that remain indelibly stuck in the nation's memories (4 Hours).

Ready Steady Cook : BBC2 - Boxing Day : 3.50pm
TV presenter Shauna Lowry competes against singer and actress Toyah Willcox in a festive edition of the culinary contest.

Quadrophenia : Sky Movies Indie - Boxing Day : 10.00pm
Quadrophenia : Sky Movies Indie - Saturday 3rd January : 10.00pm
The Who wrote and produced this energetic story of a young man disillusioned with his life in 1960s London. Phil Daniels excels as the alienated anti-hero Jimmy Cooper. Director: Franc Roddam. Starring: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Toyah Willcox, Philip Davis, Mark Wingett, Sting, and Ray Winstone.

Celebrity Mastermind : BBC1 - Sunday 28th December : 6.30pm
John Humphrys invites MP David Lammy, Hairy Biker Dave Myers, actress and singer Toyah Willcox and actor David Harewood to answer questions in the famous black chair.

Celebrity Brides Unveiled : Wedding TV - Sun 28th December : 5.00am
Celebrity Brides Unveiled : Wedding TV - Sun 28th December : 6.00pm
Celebrity Brides Unveiled : Wedding TV - New Year's Eve : 7.00pm
Celebrity Brides Unveiled : Wedding TV - New Year's Day : 9.00am
Celebrity Brides Unveiled : Wedding TV - New Year's Day : 3.00pm
Celebrity Brides Unveiled : Wedding TV - Fri 2nd January : 5.00am
Celebrity Luurve Weekend. In this episode punk rock Princess Toyah Willcox talks about the heartbreak of her first love, while we quiz T Pau's Carol Decker on whether she had china on her wedding list!

Living With The Dead : Living 2 - New Year's Eve : 00.00am
Children of The Plague. Chilling series featuring a quest through the most haunted homes in Britain. Mediums Johnnie Fiori and Ian Lawless team up with paranormal investigator Mark Webb to drive out the demons who plague petrified homeowners across the country. The team head to the village home of Toyah Willcox and attempt to exorcise some menacing spirits.

 Toyah at Jasper Carrot's Christmas Cracker
 Tuesday 23rd December, 2008 • Thanks to Dean......................Gigs/Live
Toyah was a guest performer at Jasper Carrot's Christmas Cracker at the Birmingham NEC on Sunday night. She sang 'Sweet Child 'O' Mine' (see the YouTube clip below) and a few other songs.

 Toyah @ Christmas - The Dreamscape Advent Calendar
 Tuesday 23rd December, 2008..............................................2 days to go
Christmas 2007, and Toyah was the cover star of the Christmas/New Year issue of 'Woman's Weekly'. 

Toyah was interviewed about her life and career in a two-page feature, talking about where her name came from, her early childhood, her first break in acting, her marriage, her cosmetic surgery and much more in an interesting article.

Please click here to read the full interview.

 Toyah @ Christmas - The Dreamscape Advent Calendar
 Monday 22nd December, 2008..............................................3 days to go
Toyah was interviewed in yesterday's 'Sunday Express' magazine, in a Christmas feature. It includes a great festive illustration by Daniel Mitchell.

O come, all ye faithful

The festive season isn't just about parties and presents, even for the stars. Gillian Rowe talks to some well-known people about where they worship on Christmas Day, and what the occasion means to them

Toyah Willcox: Each Christmas Eve my husband Robert and I go to the midnight carol service at my local parish church, Pershore Abbey, Worcestershire. I'm normally working over Christmas, singing at rock concerts or appearing in panto, so I find myself rushing home from wherever I am to get to the service on time. The church is full to the rafters, with 300 people or more, and everyone takes communion.

I believe in remembering the Christian values of Christmas, which for me are about bringing a community together and celebrating the birth of all children. Also, for me, Christmas is more important than the New Year as a time to look over what you have achieved in the previous 12 months.

I love singing Silent Night and Away In A Manger. I first sung them at school, and we were all so innocent then. There was no persecution, terrorism or religious hatred when I was growing up in Birmingham. Of course, the history of Christianity, like many religions, is pepperd with violence, but for me the principles of Christianity are sound. I think it's important for children to be taught the power of prayer, the importance of community and compassion. For me a carol service awakens this in all children.

Toyah is currently on tour in Vampires Rock. Visit www.vampiresrock.com

 Toyah @ Christmas - The Dreamscape Advent Calendar
 Sunday 21st December, 2008................................................4 days to go
Christmas 2002, and Toyah, sans clothes, appeared in the 'Daily Mail'...

WE'VE ALL DONE A FERN! - How we persuaded five stars to pose with naked honesty as they'd like to be remembered 

TOYAH: Now a TV presenter and actress, Toyah, 44, enjoyed a successful pop career in the Eighties. She is now touring in Calamity Jane. Her vital statistics are 34C-25-36. She is 5ft 1in tall and weighs 7st 10lb. She says: 

I was a tubby child - by the age of seven I weighed 8st - and this earned me the nickname 'Barrel' at school. I was only 13 when I started my first diet. My parents had obviously been concerned about my weight, as neither of them protested when I began eating just one tiny meal a day. I lost 8lb and spent the next decade on ever more outrageous diets. I think I was borderline anorexic. I was 7st and spent meals thinking about the effects of food on my body rather than enjoying tastes. 

In my 30s things swung the other way. I began a career as a TV presenter, which led to a sedetary lifestyle. I also fronted a holiday programme and spent months abroad eating local dishes. 

By 1995 I weighed 10st and felt terrible. Hitting 40 was a wake-up call: I started exercising and gave up dairy products and alcohol. I look better now than ever and I'm happier than I've ever been. 

Oddly, although I've twice been nude for film roles, I'm still self-concious about showing my body. I decided to do this because I wanted to make an age statement. We've got to challenge the Western view that older women are less attractive. 

NB: This feature was in response to TV presenter Fern Britton posing nude.

 Toyah @ Christmas - The Dreamscape Advent Calendar
 Saturday 20th December, 2008.............................................5 days to go
A Christmas card sent out to subscribers to the Here And Now mailing list.

 Site Problems
 Saturday 20th December, 2008................................................Site News
To anyone who is having problems with Dreamscape at the moment, please accept my apologies. I have been in contact with my webhost and I'm just waiting on a reply regarding the continuing problem.

Someone (I''ll refrain from using a four-letter-word seeing as it's almost Christmas) is, for want of a better word, attacking the site daily. Hopefully the problem will be resolved soon and won't result in the site having to come offline (temporarily). Thanks for your patience.

 Toyah @ Christmas - The Dreamscape Advent Calendar
 Friday 19th December, 2008.................................................6 days to go
Toyah is interviewed in the Christmas issue of 'Liverpool.com' magazine. Click here to read the full article, with Toyah and Martin Fry of ABC and the full December issue of 'Liverpool.com', or click here for just Toyah's interview.

 Nerve - Vampires Rock
 Friday 19th December, 2008...................................................Press Clips
This Christmas is set to be a dark one and when Vampires Rock comes to Liverpool it won’t be such a Silent Night. Vampires Rock is culminating its fifty date tour at the Echo Arena on 27th December for a night of musical comedy and rock anthems. 

I met up with stars of the show Toyah Willcox and Steve Steinman to find out a little more. Baron von Rockula (Steve Steinmann) jilts his wife in search of a new one and has his sights set on Pandora Honey Rosebox. While the Baron sets out to woo the young human girl, his vampire wife is dead set on making her life hellish. With the back drop of iconic rock anthems, this show is a visual and audio spectacular.

Toyah tells me that this is a “proper rock show with a collection of rock songs from Kiss, Bon Jovi and Billy Idol” and like any good rock show there is the promise of pyrotechnics and licks of flames. Steve tells me however that the show has a very British feel to it, with moments of “British humour and Carry On” he tells me that this is something that “doesn’t take itself too seriously” and is “meant to be silly”.

As the show is on only two days after Christmas there will also be some Christmas songs to enjoy including references to Christmas hits such as Wham’s Last Christmas. Again Steve talks about the “tongue in cheek” humour of the show and tells me that it’s always changing. In the Liverpool show there will be references to the city and The Beatles and that a lot of his dialogue is ad-libbed, which Toyah tells me ‘keeps [her] on [her] feet’ 

This year marks Steve’s twentieth year in the industry and Toyah has been in the business even longer. I ask Toyah what her aims are for her career, after having a long career in music, TV, radio and now theatre. She tells me that she likes "doors to be open" and "enjoys variety". After celebrating her fiftieth birthday this year she "is determined to just have fun this year". Working with a band with an average age of twenty is very good for your ego, believing “50 is sexy”, she seems to be enjoying what she is doing now and for the minute is “enjoying rocking and rolling”.

Steve tells me that he just wants "this train to keep going" with the show moving to London in the New Year. Time will tell where it ends up. 

Vampires Rock is the perfect antidote to Christmas and is sure to get you on your feet in preparations ready for New Year’s celebrations. This is guaranteed to be a fun and entertaining evening, so dust of your air guitar and book your tickets now by visiting www.accliverpool.com or calling the Echo Arena Box Office on 0844 8000 400.

 Pure Jersey - A Lot Of Luxury In A Little Big Island
 Friday 19th December, 2008...................................................Magazines
Last month Dreamscape brought you Toyah's 'Discover Jersey' article. Here is how it looks in the, just published, Autumn/Winter 2008/09 'Pure Jersey' magazine. Click here to read 'Pure Jersey' online.

 Toyah on Christmas TV
 Friday 19th December, 2008....................................................Television
The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments : More 4 - Christmas Eve : 7.55pm
Jimmy Carr reveals the greatest Christmas moment of all time. From the moment when George Bailey's guardian angel earns his wings in It's A Wonderful Life to Dawn and Tim's long-awaited kiss under the mistletoe in The Office, the first of this two part special begins the count down of the 100 festive moments that remain indelibly stuck in the nation's memories (4 Hours).

Quadrophenia : Sky Movies Indie - Boxing Day : 10.00pm
Quadrophenia : Sky Movies Indie - Saturday 3rd January : 10.00pm
The Who wrote and produced this energetic story of a young man disillusioned with his life in 1960s London. Phil Daniels excels as the alienated anti-hero Jimmy Cooper. Director: Franc Roddam. Starring: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Toyah Willcox, Philip Davis, Mark Wingett, Sting, and Ray Winstone.

 Toyah @ Christmas - The Dreamscape Advent Calendar
 Thursday 18th December, 2008............................................7 days to go
Christmas 2002, and Toyah graced the cover of 'Festival City Theatres' booklet, in anticipation of Calamity Jane playing at The Festival Theatre in Edinburgh in January 2003.

Calamity Jane was a huge success for Toyah half a decade ago. The show toured the UK from September to November 2002, and January to June 2003 (with a break in late April/early May for Toyah's stint in the second series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!), then transferred to London West End's Shaftsebury Theatre from June to September of 2003.

There was speculation that Toyah would reprise her role as Jane for a further tour but this never happened.

 Toyah on Christmas/New Year TV
 Thursday 18th December, 2008................................................Television
Living With The Dead : Living 2 - New Year's Eve : 00.00am
Children of The Plague. Chilling series featuring a quest through the most haunted homes in Britain. Mediums Johnnie Fiori and Ian Lawless team up with paranormal investigator Mark Webb to drive out the demons who plague petrified homeowners across the country. The team head to the village home of Toyah Willcox and attempt to exorcise some menacing spirits.
 Toyah @ Christmas - The Dreamscape Advent Calendar
 Wednesday 17th December, 2008.........................................8 days to go
Toyah's Christmas Pasts:

December 1979: Shoestring (Find The Lady) broadcast on BBC1 in the UK. Toyah plays Toola, alongside Trevor Eve, Gary Holton and Christopher Biggins. The Toyah band also appear and play a brilliant version of 'Danced' over the end credits. 

December 1980: 'Toyah! Toyah! Toyah!' - Live! album released.... 'Danced (live!) single released.... ATV Documentary TOYAH broadcast on ITV. Toyah guests on Minder

December 1981:'Four More From Toyah' (EP) released.... Toyah and band are on the UK/European 'Good Morning Universe' tour.... Christmas Eve concert, from Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, London, broadcast live! on BBC2's Old Grey Whistle Test to millions of viewers, and BBC Radio 1. 

December 1982: Toyah promotes 'Be Proud Be Loud (Be Heard)' in Italy.... Appears on Pop Goes Christmas (ITV) with a host of other singers/bands. Toyah performs the Greg Lake classic 'I Believe In Father Christmas'.... Toyah and band do a mini tour of the UK. 

December 1983: 'The Vow' is released in the UK.... Toyah appears on various TV shows promoting the single.... Toyah and band travel the UK with the 'Rebel Run' tour. 

December 1984: Toyah spends December recording her, as yet untitled, new album. This would eventually be released in 1985 as 'Minx'.... The Ebony Tower, with Toyah, Laurence Olivier and Greta Scaachi, is shown on ITV. Toyah appears on the Christmas Eve edition of Pop Quiz

December 1987: Toyah films Midnight Breaks.... Completes her run as Mabel in Three Men On A Horse at the Vaudeville Theatre in London. 

December 1988: Prostitute/frippFRIPP tours Europe.... Boudicca is broadcast on BBC1, with Toyah and Tony Robinson. 

December 1989: Toyah appears as Mary Lou in Whale, at the Lyttleton Theatre, South Bank, London. 

December 1990: The Tale Of Little Pig Robinson is shown on UK TV.... Toyah records 'Kneeling At The Shrine' which is released in 1991 by Sunday All Over The World.... Toyah appears in concert with Girlschool, calling themselves the She-Devils, at the 'Women In Rock' festival.... Plays Miss Scarlet in the Christmas edition of Cluedo on ITV. 

December 1992: Toyah hosts the arts programme First Night on TV in the Midlands region.... Films a ten-part series for inclusion in Good Morning With Anne & Nick

December 1993: Toyah rounds off the highly successful UK 'Take The Leap!' tour. 

December 1994: Toyah rounds off the 'Has God Ceased To Dream You?' UK tour. 

December 1996: Toyah appears in Jack & The Beanstalk at the Theatre Royal in Norwich. 

December 1997: Presenting TOYAH on VH1.... Appears in Jack & The Beanstalk at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley, Kent. 

December 1998: Toyah presents Boys From The Black Country - The Slade Story on BBC Radio 2.... Appears in Jack & The Beanstalk at the Richmond Theatre in Surrey. 

December 1999: Toyah continues to work on her autobiography, which would be published in August 2000, titled; 'Living Out Loud'.... Appears on the Slade tribute documentary It's Slade.... Plays the title role in Peter Pan at the Marlowe Theatre in Kent. 

December 2000: Toyah plays the Wicked Queen in Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage, Kent.

December 2001: Toyah places at number 48 in 'Q' magazine's '100 Greatest Women In Music' poll.... Helps launch the Christmas festivities in Stockport.... Plays the title role in Aladdin at the Plaza Theatre in Stockport. 

December 2002: Toyah appears naked in the 'Daily Mail'.... Guests on the Open House panto special, with Gloria Hunniford, on Channel 5.... Toyah records an interview for inclusion in the Rock Legends documentary, shown in January in Carlton/Central TV region of the UK.... Plays the title role in Aladdin at the Anvil in Basingstoke. 

December 2003: Helps launch Christmas festivities in Ashford, Dover and Whitstable.... Appears as the Wicked Queen in Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs at the Marlowe theatre in Kent. 

December 2004: Toyah stars as the Wicked Fairy Queen in Sleeping Beauty at the Marlowe Theatre in Kent... She also attends the UK premiere of the Bobby Darin "biopic" film Beyond The Sea... and parties at Shirley Bassey's Christmas get-together... Toyah also guested in the audience of The X Factor and appeared on Blue Peter... Toyah was also all over the Christmas TV schedules. 

December 2005: Toyah, once again, played the Wicked Queen in Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs, this time at the Milton Keynes Theatre.

December 2006: Toyah plays two Christmas gigs with The SAS Band... She begins her role as Siobhan in the BBC Radio soap Silver Street... Toyah plays the final show of the 'Hitmakers' UK Tour... She is interviewed by the 'Daily Mail' and 'The Independent'... and guested on BBC Radio 2's Radio Rivron... And Toyah's panto for 2006 was Aladdin, she played The Genie Of The Lamp alongside Chico.

December 2007: Toyah plays two gigs with the SAS Band... Plays the title role in Jack & The Beanstalk at the Hexagon in Reading... Toyah turns on the Christmas lights in Bracknell... The 'Lesser God' video premieres on You Tube... Toyah & John attend Shirley Bassey's 70th birthday party... Toyah is the cover star of the Christmas issue of 'Woman's Weekly'... & guests on the Christmas Eve edition of BBC Breakfast.

 Vampires Rock - Worthing Date Rescheduled
 Wednesday 17th December, 2008................................................Theatre
Saturday's cancelled Vampires Rock show, at Worthing Assembly Hall, has been rescheduled for Sunday 1st February 2009 at a different venue, Worthing Pavilion Theatre. It's highly likely that Toyah will take part in this.

Please visit The Official Vampires Rock website for further info on this.

 Good Times Magazine - CD Of The Year
 Tuesday 16th December, 2008 • Thanks to Jimi..............................Music
Good Times Magazine
Rhythm Tracking

In The Court Of The Crimson Queen: CD Of The Year
by Jimi LaLumia

I must devote some space to what is, for me, the event of the year, a new CD, "In The Court Of The Crimson Queen" by UK pop/rock icon Toyah. She's been married to King Crimson founder/guitarist Robert Fripp since 1985, and the CD title is a play on Crimson's 'Court Of the Crimson King", a late 60s timepiece. Let's take a look, track by track:

SENSATIONAL: This is a thumping, rousing call to arms which showcases all aspects of Toyah's vocal stylings and range. Presenting a positive message, the tune is couched in updated 70s glam riffs, calling to mind T.Rex and Ziggy-era Bowie.

LATEX MESSIAH: This is the first track that appeared in the spring of 08, on You Tube, My Space and elsewhere, to let the worldwide faithful know that Toyah was back, full of sound and fury. This enjoyed a great deal of attention as her first digital only release ever, charting on the itunes rock countdown several months ago, it's another radio ready rocker.

HEAL OURSELVES: This is the tender side of Mrs.Fripp, this sort of material will be more apparent when her side project, The Humans (with R.E.M.'s current drummer) appears in 2009, hopefully. Toyah involves herself in numerous positive projects, so this sounds like a natural outgrowth.

LESSER GOD: This is a forceful vocal and vibrant track, she is currently performing it onstage in the UK as the Vampire Queen in "Vampires Rock", a stage show in which she is prominently featured. (The show is comprised of rock anthems of the 70s and 80s, and is going down a storm everywhere it plays. "Vampires" will hit Vegas in 09, it has been whispered...)

ANGEL IN YOU: So many bite size rockers on this CD, riffs galore while Toyah soars. This type of material is begging for a proper Toyah tour, perhaps after she's done with "Vampires" (Since her strings of success in the early 80s, Toyah has never done a U.S. gig, amazingly. Her UK label never managed to get her stuff released here, which is a sad loss for American rock fans.)

LOVE CRAZY: The particulars of Toyah's unique 'love it or hate it'' vocals are on display in this tune, and it is remindful of her 1982 classic album "The Changeling", which was produced by Steve Lillywhite, of U2 fame. This sounds like it would be another live stage favorite.

BAD MAN: This is a slower 70s sounding sizzler, again highlighting Toyah's dramatic turn on vocals (which come through strongly, thanks to her career in films and theatre over the decades), she has been cited by Evenesence's Amy as one of her influences, and you can really hear that on this track.

HYPERVENTILATE: Acoustic guitar chords ring out, another inspirational life lesson from this divine diva; she'd be well received by hippies based on the harmonic meanderings on this particular tune.

COME: And here's the stadium rocker, the one that would bring the crowd to their feet at the Warped Tour; this would sound right at home as one of the token rockers for current Top 40 radio.

LEGACY: An aptly titled conclusive track, thoughtful and insightful, and a fitting finish to the CD of the year. Now go find your copy on itunes, and enjoy. 

 Toyah @ Christmas - The Dreamscape Advent Calendar
 Tuesday 16th December, 2008..............................................9 days to go
Christmas 2001, Toyah placed at a very healthy number 48 in Q Magazine's '100 Greatest Women In Music' Poll. 

Sirens! 100 WOMEN WHO ROCK YOUR WORLD...As Voted By You.

In Spring, Q asked you to name those female singers, songwriters and all-round movers and shakers that help float your musical boat. You responded with your customary speed, wit and enthusiasm. After months spent knee-deep in e-mail printouts, bus tickets, papyrus, lavatory roll (unused, thank the gods) and whatever else you chose to scrawl on, we proudly deliver your final verdict.

Toyah ranked ahead of the likes of Annie Lennox, Destiny's Child, Janet Jackson, Alison Moyet, Whitney Houston, Cyndi Lauper, Cher, Tina Turner & many more. Even more surprisingly was the complete omission of most of her contemporaries, Kim Wilde, Hazel Oconnor, Clare Grogan, Danielle Dax etc. 

 Toyah on Christmas/New Year TV
 Tuesday 16th December, 2008.................................................Television
Celebrity Brides Unveiled : Wedding TV - Sun 28th December : 5.00am
Celebrity Brides Unveiled : Wedding TV - Sun 28th December : 6.00pm
Celebrity Brides Unveiled : Wedding TV - New Year's Eve : 7.00pm
Celebrity Brides Unveiled : Wedding TV - New Year's Day : 9.00am
Celebrity Brides Unveiled : Wedding TV - New Year's Day : 3.00pm
Celebrity Brides Unveiled : Wedding TV - Fri 2nd January : 5.00am
Celebrity Luurve Weekend. In this episode punk rock Princess Toyah Willcox talks about the heartbreak of her first love, while we quiz T Pau's Carol Decker on whether she had china on her wedding list!
 Toyah @ Christmas - The Dreamscape Advent Calendar
 Monday 15th December, 2008.............................................10 days to go
Christmas 2002, screen captures from Toyah's Open House appearance. Click on the caps for larger versions.

 Toyah @ Christmas - The Dreamscape Advent Calendar
 Sunday 14th December, 2008..............................................11 days to go
Open House with Gloria Hunniford - Panto Special 

"A singer, actress, and presenter who has brought punk to panto, Toyah Willcox... 

Toyah enters, greets Gloria, and slaps her thigh...

Gloria: You've lost so much weight! 

Toyah: I've been touring Calamity Jane for months. It's made me lean and mean! 

Christopher Biggins: Her muscles are incredible 

Toyah: I have to swing from rafters and I'm thrown everywhere. It's good. And that's just in my dressing room! 

Gloria: It seems odd that someone who was always very different...panto seems to be almost tame. 

Toyah: You think it's tame to dress like a boy twice a day, go onstage and pretend to be male, and marry a woman at the end of the show? I think it's the best thing anyone could ever do! I know what you're saying. I don't think I would ever have dreamt 20 years ago that I would have done panto. Now that I've done it for 10 years I'm passionately in love with it. 

Gloria: You've done it consecutively for 10 years? 

Toyah: I think I have. I started off as Peter Pan, and after I got flown into every wall of every theatre in the country by disreputable flymen... Once in Wimbledon, there's a scene where all four children have to fly and we all got wrapped around each other's wires, and we were just dangling there. The curtain had to come down, the show stopped, and the ladders out to get us down. 

Gloria: Now, talking about the weight loss. Toyah in the paper last week, looking really good. 

Gloria shows the picture in the Daily Mail. 

Toyah: I think we all would if we were hanging upside down! 

Gloria: When they said 'Will you do a picture nude for The Mail'...? 

Toyah: I was drinking in a bar and I overheard the editor of The Mail talking about this photo session, and I said 'Can I do it?'. I like to do things that are a challenge and I got to the photo session and thought 'What have I done?'. It was all men in the room and I was really nervous. I hadn't eaten for about three days to keep the stomach flat. We did about 20 polaroids, the photographer would let me see what it looked like, so I trusted him. He let me see the first polaroid and he made me look so good. I looked better than when I was 20. So I ripped off the gown and I said 'Come on, lets go for it!'. He said 'Excuse me Toyah, we can't show as much as you're showing'. I was really rather relaxed by the time we got going. 

Gloria: Were all the girls together? 

Toyah: No. We had a closed set. We were one after the other. I heard that Sian Phillips was very happy about it. I think Claire Sweeney was shocked. No one told her it was a nude photo shoot. I tell you why I didn't mind doing it. For the last two years I've been studying life drawing, where you draw the naked body... 

Gloria: Oh, that old excuse? 

Toyah: I've come across every shape and form you can find on this planet. After two hours of drawing someone, you don't care whether they're dressed or not. I think it helped me. 

Gloria: Was it for charity? 

Toyah: No! I wanted to do it. It was for me! I feel that, here we are in our mature years... 

Gloria: Mature? How old are you? 

Toyah: I'm 44.

Gloria: That's not mature, for goodness sake! Talk to Christopher about maturity. 

Toyah: Women are looking really good and I think we have to ring our own bell and say 'Come on!'. 

Gloria: So your husband, Robert Fripp, will be getting this photograph up on the wall, 6 by 6? 

Toyah: I didn't tell him. I told my mother and she said 'What have you done?'. But then my husband went and bought it on Saturday morning. He came into the bedroom very quiet. I said 'Are you cross?' and he said 'No, it's gorgeous'. 

Gloria: So he will be getting the 6 by 6 feet for Christmas? 

Toyah: I'll be giving it him! 

Gloria: Calamity Jane etc. Obviously you're doing a lot of stage work. When you're doing a musical like Calamity Jane and then you switch into panto. It's quite a switch isn't it? 

Toyah: It's incredibly different. Everything I've learnt about comic timing I've learnt doing panto. Normally I'm a serious actress, with Shakespeare and new plays. I wanted to study comedy and I felt that the best way to do it was panto. You're working with these incredible dames and they know everything there is to know about comedy. I'm incredibly grateful to panto for the technique it teaches. The timing. Calamity Jane and panto are very different, but it meant with Calamity Jane I'm much braver with the text. I'm much braver with delivering lines and I think I have panto to thank for that. 

Gloria: Do you have lots of songs in this? 

Toyah: Calamity Jane? I'm singing all the time. 

Gloria: No, panto! 

Toyah: Yes I've got enough songs. I've got about five. I wanted to open with (sings) "I feel good...da da da...I knew that I would now". We open with that. My leading lady sings 'Fields Of Gold' - absolutely beautiful. I get to sing (sings) "Once in a lifetime, every man has a moment". 'We're In The Money', some good, traditional songs. The one thing that transfixes children is the story between good and evil. I think any child, up to the age of 75, is transfixed by this story, and pantomime is so fantastic for good overcoming evil. It is when you can hear a pin drop, especially with Aladdin, when he goes into the cave and thinks he's lost. They know the genie is going to appear but Aladdin doesn't. There's this icy hush and I think that's gorgeous, it's very exciting to experience that. 

Gloria: When do you open? 

Toyah: We have a public dress rehearsal next Thursday, and we open on Friday 13th (December). 

Gloria: Good timing. And one day off for Christmas? 

Toyah: Yes, but it's enough. You can eat 10,000 calories in that day and not worry about it. 

Gloria: You're fine. You never know who might ask you to do another nude photograph in the New Year! You're doing Calamity Jane in the New Year? 

Toyah: Yes, I'm back into Calamity. Open in Glasgow on 18th January and then on the road right through till May. 

Gloria: Thank you, Toyah Willcox. 

Open House with Gloria Hunniford - Channel 5: 6th December 2002

 Toyah @ Christmas - The Dreamscape Advent Calendar
 Saturday 13th December, 2008............................................12 days to go
Tonight is the live final of The X Factor 2008 on ITV1. 

Four years ago, Christmas 2004, Toyah was in the audience for the semi-final of the first series of the show. She was interviewed on the ITV2 show The X-Tra Factor by host Ben Shepherd. 

Toyah mentioned that she thought Steve Brookstein was "technically brilliant", and that she liked G4 because of "the arrangements, the choreography.... fantastic!" 

Ben asked Toyah which of the judges she would have liked as a manager when she "was a singer" (doh!!), Toyah replied: "Sharon (Osbourne), she's great, even my mum likes her!" 

Toyah said she is a Steve supporter: "I'm 46, I want to keep working till I'm 70, I want Steve to win. He's got my older vote."

 Vampires Rock - Tonight's Show Cancelled
 Saturday 13th December, 2008....................................................Theatre
We are sorry to inform you that the Saturday 13 December Vampires Rock show at Worthing Assembly Hall has been cancelled due to illness.

If you hold tickets for this performance please contact box office for further details 

www.worthingtheatres.co.uk [ Tel: 01903 206 206 ]

 Toyah Gig Guide 2009
 Saturday 13th December, 2008.................................................Live/Gigs
Some new gig dates have been announced for 2009:

Friday 23rd January: SAS Band New Year Bash (Warm Up Gig)
The Brook, Southampton

Saturday 24th January: SAS Band New Year Bash
IndigO2, London

Saturday 22nd August: Henley Music Festival

 Our Psychic Family - Screen Captures
 Friday 12th December, 2008.....................................................Television
A selection (box) of screen captures from last night's Our Psychic Family on The Biography Channel. Click on the caps for larger versions.

 Toyah on Christmas TV
 Friday 12th December, 2008.....................................................Television
Celebrity Mastermind : BBC1 - Sunday 28th December : 6.30pm
John Humphrys invites MP David Lammy, Hairy Biker Dave Myers, actress and singer Toyah Willcox and actor David Harewood to answer questions in the famous black chair.
 Vampires Rock @ Christmas
 Friday 12th December, 2008.........................................................Theatre
Vampires Rock played at Preston Guildhall last night. Tonight the show is at the Futuristic Theatre in Scarborough, and tomorrow night, the penultimate show of the year, Toyah, Steve et al play Worthing Assembly Hall.

After these dates the cast take a rest to gear up for the huge Christmas show at Liverpool Arena & Convention Centre on Saturday 27th December.

The Echo Arena is the Arena half of ACC Liverpool situated on the Liverpool waterfront which opened January 25 2008. The BT Convention Centre is the other half of the complex and opened in April 2008.

The Arena has 7,513 permanent seats around three sides of a central floor suitable for indoor sports events. The capacity for end-stage or in-the-round concerts is 10,600 including floor seating.

Anyone interested in seeing how the Arena looks can see it this Sunday. The BBC Sports Personality of the Year show will take place there and be broadcast live on BBC1.

 Toyah @ Christmas - The Dreamscape Advent Calendar
 Friday 12th December, 2008................................................13 days to go
Celebs Magazine: December 2005: Star Surprises: Our fave gifts... 

The celebs reveal all about the very best pressies they've ever found under the Christmas tree. Amazingly, they aren't all diamonds and sports cars. 

TOYAH WILLCOX 
'A lifesize terracotta statue of a horse and warrior. On Christmas day in 1991, my husband insisted I walk around the garden and there it was. I still love it.

Also included in the article were: Christian Slater: Star Trek t-shirt, signed by William Shatner, Denise Van Outen: Cabbage Patch Kid doll, Oprah Winfrey: Bugs Bunny slippers, Jack Nicholson: A lump of coal (strange, but true!), Louise: A bulldog puppy, Jon Bon Jovi: An electric guitar, and Steve Martin: Peace and love all over the world. And a bicycle!

 Southport Reporter - Vampires Rock Christmas! 
 Friday 12th December, 2008...................................................Press Clips
The 'Southport Reporter' have an article on Vampires Rock, an audio interview with Toyah and Steve, and a compeition to win tickets to the Christmas show at Liverpool ACC.

Whatever happens this Christmas, this won't be a your average Christmas show as the main cast members Steve Steinman and Toyah Willcox put their own version of a panto!

Christmas and 'Silent Night' are the normal things you tend to think of at this time of year, but rock fans will be jumping for joy as the Vampires come to Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre (ACC) on Saturday, 27 December 2008... 

The Vampires Rock show is now a world famous hit already, but for Christmas they have added that extra bite, with some well known names in it and a whole lot darker and a whole lot more fun! The cast will be rocking the night away with some of the best known rock anthems ever, including some number 1 Christmas classics... 

If you do not know what it is all about then a quick intro. The show is set in the year 2030, the undead are livelier than ever, especially in club 'Live and Let Die', where Baron Von Rockula (Steve Steinman) and The Devil Queen (Toyah Willcox) reside. Sadly for The Devil Queen, the Baron is on the look out for a new bride. In the words of The Devil Queen "I would say 'over my dead body', but then I'm already dead, aren't I?!" so the story is set... Unlike other musical plays, no two nights are quite the same, so if you think you have seen it, think again. The Story is told, as you might have guessed by now, through the songs written by some of Rocks legends including Brian May 'Queen'; Paul Crook 'Meat Loaf' and Eddie Ojeda 'Twisted Sister'. With amazing stage set, pyrotechnics, "VERY" beautiful dancers and of course Steve Steinman's famously powerful vocals and sense of humour, make sure you'll be on your feet. So get out your air guitar and get ready to rock around the Christmas Tree this year! 

Last week we got a chance to interview Toyah and Steve as they took a look around the new Arena. They informed us that "this year's show will have some bite" and that they could not wait to do the show. 

Click here to visit the website and listen to the interview. Click here to enter the competition.

 Toyah @ Christmas - The Dreamscape Advent Calendar
 Thursday 11th December, 2008...........................................14 days to go
Christmas 2002, Toyah guested on Gloria Hunniford's Open House on Channel 5. This was a panto special and Toyah in full costume, talked about her panto for that year, Aladdin at The Anvil in Basingstoke.

Keep checking back to Dreamscape's Advent Calendar for more festive screen captures from Open House, and a transcript of the interview.

 Toyah on Christmas TV
 Thursday 11th December, 2008 • Thanks to Paul.....................Television
Ready Steady Cook : BBC2 - Boxing Day : 3.50pm
TV presenter Shauna Lowry competes against singer and actress Toyah Willcox in a festive edition of the culinary contest.
 easier.com - David Wilson Homes finds cash in the attic 
 Thursday 11th December, 2008...............................................Press Clips
David Wilson Homes sales advisor, John Wain, has been delving into a local Warrington attic with best friend and former pop-star Toyah Willcox to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Clambering through dust and clutter, the dynamic duo managed to raise £1,750 by finding and auctioning off hidden antique treasures on a special celebrity edition of the popular TV show, Cash in the Attic. In addition, David Wilson Homes North West has donated a further £1000 to the money raised, taking the total to an impressive £2,750.

On hand to present the cheque to Grace Bennett, fund raising manager from Macmillan Cancer Support, at David Wilson Homes Woodbury Park development, John commented: "I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved with the fund raising effort and especially to David Wilson Homes for their support and generosity in helping to raise such a fantastic amount of money.

"The presentation was a great way to mark my return to the Woodbury Park development and I am delighted to be a part of the David Wilson Homes team again."

Shohreh Bowler, sales director for David Wilson Homes North West, added: "John and Toyah did such a fantastic job raising money that we wanted to show our own support for them and this worthwhile charity by adding to the donation. They both have shown a real dedication and passion through raising the money. John is a real asset to the David Wilson Homes team and we are all delighted to have him back on board at Woodbury Park."

Accepting the cheque on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support, Grace thanked the team for all of their support: "We were really excited when we heard that John and Toyah were going to be starring on Celebrity Cash in the Attic for the charity - it is a great show and we thoroughly enjoyed watching them trying to raise as much as possible for Macmillan. We were even more delighted when we found out that David Wilson Homes was going to add another £1,000 to the pot and would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved for all of their hard work. Macmillan Cancer Support works to improve the lives of people affected by cancer and this money will help make a genuine difference to those who need it most."

 Toyah @ Christmas - The Dreamscape Advent Calendar
 Wednesday 10th December, 2008.......................................15 days to go
This year is Dreamscape's ninth Christmas. At a time when most websites are winding down for the year we like to really make the most of season. It's now a tradition for the site to have lots of Christmas content, including over the years Toyah's Christmas Pasts, Toyah @ Christmas, and for the second consecutive year The Dreamscape Advent Calendar - With festive-related Toyah updates and goodies every day of December right through to Christmas Eve!

 Win a Rocky Horror Tribute Show DVD
 Wednesday 10th December, 2008...............................................Internet
The 'Time Warp' wesbite has a competition to win a Rocky Horror Tribute Show DVD. Entry closes on 1st January 2009. Click on the screenshot to enter.

For this month only we have an additional bonus prize for each of our two winners - a brand spanking new copy of The Rocky Horror Tribute Show DVD.

Yep, it's the most sought after DVD of the year for most Rocky fans and you can win one here.

Answer the questions and enter your name and email address now for your chance to win.

 Smash Hits Party! - TV Ad Screen Captures
 Wednesday 10th December, 2008............................................Television
A few screen captures from the advert for 'Smash Hits Party!' that is currently airing. Toyah's 'Thunder In The Mountains' is included on the compilation, released on Monday 8th December.

 The Soap Show - 70s pop icon wants soap role
 Wednesday 10th December, 2008...........................................Press Clips
Toyah Willcox has hinted she would like a soap role. Having already appeared in BBC afternoon soap opera Doctors, Willcox also revealed that she is "constantly being approached by Emmerdale."

The pop singing sensation is currently touring in Vampire Rock, a musical about Baron Von Rockula's search for a new bride. The show includes a host of popular rock anthems. 

For more information and tickets visit www.vampiresrock.com.

 AOL Enteretainment - Soap fan Toyah wants to be a baddie
 Wednesday 10th December, 2008...........................................Press Clips
AOL Entertainment have also covered the story about Toyah and soaps.

 Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!
 Wednesday 10th December, 2008................................................Various
• Toyah will play at Gran Canaria Pride 2009. She will play on the Main Stage on Friday 8th May and Sparkles Showbar on the closing night Sunday 10th May. The event runs in Maspalomas from May 4th to 10th 2009. Toyah will be doing PAs (no band) and could be playing tracks from 'In The Court Of The Crimson Queen'. (Thanks to John & Paul)

Pop Goes Christmas was shown as part of Kaleidoscope Christmas Event and Charity Auction - Saturday 6th December 2008 in Stourbridge, West Midlands. Toyah, as we all know, performed 'I Believe In Father Christmas' on the show, originally broadcast in December 1982 on ITV.

• Toyah is namechecked in a Drowned In Sound article on Florence And The Machine.

The Guardian also namecheck Toyah in their article on Alex Roots.

 DECEMBER/NOVEMBER 2008 NEWS:
 Daily Express - Feeling Fab at 50
 Tuesday 9th December, 2008..................................................Press Clips
Former punk Toyah Willcox puts her new zest for life down to country living, healthy eating and a wise and loving partner...

Despite turning 50, actress, singer and writer Toyah Willcox has more energy than ever and attributes her enthusiasm and zest for life to her healthy lifestyle and happy marriage. 

Her career isn’t doing badly either. After 30 years in showbusiness, she is strutting her stuff on tour in the hit rock’n’roll show Steve Steinman’s Vampires Rock. 

She has just released a CD of original songs – In The Court Of The Crimson Queen – and plays Billy Piper’s mother in ITV2’s Secret Diary Of A Call Girl. 

The woman who first hit the charts in 1981 with It’s A Mystery says: “Vampires Rock is an incredibly energetic show. I’m loving every minute and, as usual, I’m being strict with my health regime. 

“I have to watch what I eat. At barely 5ft 1in, every extra pound shows. In the past, I’ve been just as guilty as anyone else of yo-yo dieting. I dieted constantly from the ages of 12 to 30. Then I realised I didn’t want to do it any more and I simply stopped. 

“I realised self-discipline and moderation were the key. I firmly believe that if you have a healthy diet and get enough sleep and exercise you can ward off most petty illnesses and look good at any age. 

“I think it’s very important to tell young women to invest in their future and that means keeping fit and staying a sensible weight all their lives. The problem with getting into your fifties is that your hormones change, which naturally makes you put on weight.” 

Toyah, who lives in Worcestershire with her husband, King Crimson guitarist and music producer Robert Fripp, 62, certainly looks fantastic. 

Although she is happy to admit to the odd nip and tuck, it’s her inner health and vitality that make her glow. With her diary booked up for 2009, she says her passion for life is all about feeling well. 

“Living in the country makes me happy. I love my home and looking after my parents who live nearby. I find nature very soothing. I need silence – just being alone is incredibly important to me. I feel quite mad if I can’t be on my own at some point in the day.” 

Toyah’s lasting marriage is the most significant relationship in her life. It may seem unconventional as their careers force Toyah and Robert apart for many months. For instance, right now Robert is working in Seattle. 

They met in 1985 at a charity event. Princess Alexandra introduced them when she asked the pair to pose together for a photograph. They married a year later. 

Toyah says: “What I like about Robert is that he is an old-fashioned gentleman. He is gentle and very cerebral and I love that. 

“He is very much a soulmate and my best friend. We talk endlessly. There’s no one in the world I’d rather talk to and we still hold hands whenever we are out together. 

"We can’t work out why people laugh at us but they seem to find it hysterical to see middle-aged people holding hands. I wish we Brits could be more like the French. 

"What I love about French men is that they see the beauty in every woman, regardless of age,” says Toyah, who has a holiday home on the French Riviera. 

Over the years she has discovered the things that make her feel good. 

“When I was young, I used to feel mentally stodgy and realised I was drinking too much alcohol and eating too many processed foods and too much red meat. I only smoked for six weeks, when I was 14. I have completely cut out alcohol, coffee and tea. As for processed food, don’t even mention it. 

“I eat organic food and very little wheat. The only dairy I eat is pro-biotic yogurt. Everything else is mainly soya-based and I eat a lot of pulses with sunflower and pumpkin seeds. 

"I take hemp seed oil, cod liver oil and vitamin E and I always try to include in my meals something like sweet potatoes as I have a sweet tooth. 

"I also love lots of herbs and spices. Food must be tasty. I drink lots of water because women often mistake thirst for hunger.” 

Although she was a vegetarian for about 25 years, Toyah eats chicken and fish if she feels she needs it. She also boosts her immune system with bran flakes and green tea. 

“I eat my evening meal at six and try to walk at least three miles a day. If I’m on the road and near a gym I’ll go along and use the walking machine. I do some weightlifting and that’s about it. I try to keep everything very low impact because, as you get older, you need to protect your joints. I don’t do any high-impact aerobics at all now. 

I also avoid wearing high heels anywhere other than on stage as that’s asking for trouble. 

“For me, life just keeps getting better and I’m determined to work until I drop as I think retirement is madness. 

"Everyone I know who has made the decision to retire has regretted it as we all need to feel needed. I also believe it’s important to stay positive. 

"The most important thing is being happy with what you have. We do tend to envy other people, which is sad. Make the most of what you have and rejoice in it.” 

* Vampires Rock is at Liverpool Echo Arena on December 27. 

 Toyah @ Christmas - The Dreamscape Advent Calendar
 Tuesday 9th December, 2008 • Thanks to AW.....................16 days to go
Christmas 1982, Toyah, Joel and Keith perform my second favourite Christmas song, the Greg Lake Yuletide classic, 'I Believe In Father Christmas'.

 Toyah @ Christmas - The Dreamscape Advent Calendar
 Monday 8th December, 2008...............................................17 days to go
Be Proud, Be Loud, Be Heard and Rock into Christmas! Toyah's upbeat and festive December Blog has just been added to the Official Toyah MySpace and www.toyahwillcox.com. Happy Christmas to you, Toyah!

 The Press Association - Soap fan Toyah wants to be a baddie
 Monday 8th December, 2008...................................................Press Clips
Singer and actress Toyah Willcox has revealed she would consider taking a role in a soap.

She explained: "I've done Doctors. I'm constantly being approached by Emmerdale, and I'm a huge fan. I admire the production they do.

"They've got to put these dramas on three, four times a week. I admire everyone connected with soap and I'd love to do it - as long as I can be a baddie!"

The veteran star may have to check her diary, however, as she's busy with the touring production of Vampires Rock.

When asked whether it was difficult singing other people's material instead of her own songs, Toyah replied: "No, I've been in cabaret, I have done musicals at National Theatre.

"I'm used to doing other people's material. What's nice is about Vampires Rock is it's doing popular music - songs we all sing in the bathroom."

The driving force behind the stage spectacular, which weaves a story about Baron Von Rockula's search for a new bride with some of music's best-loved rock anthems, is Steve Steinman - and he's not about to have any old Tom, Dick or Harry front his labour of love.

"I want someone with credibility," he admitted, before talking about how he had built up the show over the years.

"We came up with the idea for vampires because it's so much fun, the imagery and you can do so much with the script. That was five years ago and it's gone from strength to strength. It's purely the fans keep coming back."

For more information and tickets visit www.vampiresrock.com.

 Celebrity Big Brother 2009
 Sunday 7th December, 2008....................................................Television
Celebrity Big Brother returns in January for a sixth series and, as happens almost every year, there have been rumbling rumours of who will be taking part. Toyah is never usually mentioned, due to panto committments... But this year with no panto, and no appearances in Vampires Rock in January she couldn't possibly be a housemate, could she? Probably not, and the rumours circulating will turn out to be as unfounded as those Doctor Who ones from last year!

 Toyah @ Christmas - The Dreamscape Advent Calendar
 Sunday 7th December, 2008................................................18 days to go
Last Christmas, and the one before that, Toyah performed at various SAS Band Christmas shows. Here is a clip of her at Bisley last December.

 QuadCon2 - Quadrophenia Convention '09
 Sunday 7th December, 2008..........................................................Events
Toyah is lined up as one of the guests at next year's 'QuadCon2' Quadrophenia Convention, taking place in Brighton on 3rd to 5th April 2009.

 National Film and Television School
 Sunday 7th December, 2008..........................................................Events
Toyah was a judge at the National Film and Television School "The Next Big Thing" event at the end of September.

 Toyah @ Christmas - The Dreamscape Advent Calendar
 Saturday 6th December, 2008.............................................19 days to go
2008 has been another good year for Toyah releases, so why not add some of them to someone's, or maybe even your own, Christmas Stocking?

There's the compilations: '100 Hits - 80s Pop', 'Here And Now - The Very Best Of The 80s', 'The Edge Of The Seventies', 'Fantastic 80s - The Complete Collection', and 'Smash Hits Party!'

On DVD there's 'Secret Diary of A Call Girl - Series 1' and the 'Rocky Horror Tribute Show'.

And finally, the two "Top Of The Tree" goodies: 'In The Court Of The Crimson Queen' and 'Good Morning Universe - The Very Best Of Toyah' CDs.

 Our Psychic Family - Preview Screen Captures
 Friday 5th December, 2008......................................................Television
Screen captures from last night's Our Psychic Family - their "Predicted For The Next Time" at the end of the programme featured Toyah, as she will guest on next week's show. Click on the caps for larger versions.

Our Psychic Family : Biography Channel - Thursday 11th Dec : 9.00pm
Craig takes a trip to London to meet eighties pop icon, Toyah Willcox. Craig’s revelations of personal information shocks Toyah and she takes away some helpful relationship advice for her husband! 

 Toyah @ Christmas - The Dreamscape Advent Calendar
 Friday 5th December, 2008.................................................20 days to go
Christmas 1983, Toyah was promoting 'The Vow' single, the 'Love Is The Law' album, and travelling the UK on the 'Rebel Run' Tour. Toyah, and the band, appeared on numerous TV shows in the UK and Europe through November and December, being interviewed as well as performing 'The Vow' and 'Rebel Run'.

The TV shows included; Pebble Mill, Did You See?, Pop Watch, Saturday Superstore, Breakfast Time, Razzmatazz, The Saturday Show, Harty, Crackerjack and Judgendbund. Other shows included in 'The Vow' promotion were; TVAM: Good Morning Britain and 60 Minutes.

 Toyah @ Christmas - The Dreamscape Advent Calendar
 Thursday 4th December, 2008.............................................21 days to go
The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments has aired every festive season since it was first recorded, in 2004. As detailed below it will be on again, on More 4, this Christmas. Toyah reminisces about Pop Goes Christmas from 1982.

Toyah said: "Pop Goes Christmas was a Christmas special with all the favourite, current, pop artists. And they are such homely pop artists. You've got Shakin' Stevens. There's David Essex... 

"Why they had me I really do not know. I come out like a little gremlin, who just suddenly appears, looks like no one else... Black contact lenses, that are larger than my pupils, so I look like I'm on speed! 

"Everyone on the show got to do two songs. Everyone got to perform their current hit and then chose a Christmas song to do." 

A short clip from Toyah's 'I Believe In Father Christmas' performance from Pop Goes Christmas was shown.

 Scarborough Evening News - Toyah sinks her teeth into new show!
 Thursday 4th December, 2008.................................................Press Clips
It's no mystery – Toyah is coming to Scarborough!

The former 80s popster is one of the stars of Vampires Rock – a new stage show, which comes to the Futurist on Friday December 12 as part of a national tour – and is aiming to put the spirits back into Christmas.

And the hitmaker – who has three top ten singles and two top ten albums under her belt – says it's a show with a difference.

"It's not like anything I've ever been in before," Toyah Willcox told the Evening News. "I don't even really consider it a musical it's more like a rock concert, with four actors on stage. It's as loud as a gig and there are almost as many guitar breaks.

"I came into the part with no expectations and it was soon evident that it was going to be like nothing I'd ever done in the past.

"In a way it's like the rock theatre stuff that I grew up with – the sort of grand guignol stuff that Alice Cooper does on stage or the shows Bowie did for Ziggy Stardust. People really do go away from it saying 'wow'.

"It's really visual and very loud and that really appeals to me."

Of course Toyah, who got her big break acting in Quadrophenia and movies by Derek Jarman, before her stint as a post-punk hitmaker is no stranger to musical theatre, having taken the lead in Cabaret with Wayne Sleep and also playing the title role in Calamity Jane, but she says nothing had prepared her for the audience participation that is very much a part of Vampires Rocks.

"Sometimes you look out into the crowd and there are more vampires in the audience than there are on the stage! People really like to join in the fun and dress up and join in the songs – it's a great night out," she said.

Vampires Rock, which made its debut in 2004, tells the tale of Baron Von Rockula's search for a new bride. Of course, before he does so, he has to get rid of his current companion – the Devil Queen, who is played by Toyah!

"It's great to play an evil character," said Steve Steinman, who plays the Baron and also devised the show. "It's just mega – I don't think anyone really wants to play the goodie.

"Everybody loves vampires – every culture's got stories about them and the tales date back thousands of years. And they tie in really with rock and roll – if you think about Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, there's more than a touch of vampire about them!"

As well as the undead the show also disinters some of rock music's all time classics, including tracks by Meat Loaf, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Suzi Quatro, AC/DC and Guns N' Roses.

"I got the idea when I was doing the Meatloaf Story on stage," Steve said. "I just thought that there were all these classic anthems out there and tried to come up with a way to tie them together – and when I started thinking about vampires, that was that."

 Vampires Rock - The Mayfair Mall Zine Review
 Thursday 4th December, 2008......................................................Theatre
Click here for an interesting, and detailed, review of Vampires Rock by 'The Mayfair Mall Zine', at the Sunderland Empire from mid-November.
 Toyah on Christmas TV/Sky Movies
 Thursday 4th December, 2008..................................................Television
The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments : More 4 - Sun 7th Dec : 9.05pm
The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments : More 4 - Mon 8th Dec : 00.55am
Jimmy Carr reveals the greatest Christmas moment of all time. From the moment when George Bailey's guardian angel earns his wings in It's A Wonderful Life to Dawn and Tim's long-awaited kiss under the mistletoe in The Office, the first of this two part special begins the count down of the 100 festive moments that remain indelibly stuck in the nation's memories (Part 1 of 2).

The Most Fertile Man In Ireland : RTÉ 2 - Monday 8th Dec : 0.00am
The Most Fertile Man In Ireland : Sky Movies - Thu 11th Dec : 6.45am
The Most Fertile Man In Ireland : Sky Movies - Tue 16th Dec : 8.10am
The Most Fertile Man In Ireland : Sky Movies - Wed 17th Dec : 2.55am
Shy Irish bachelor Eamonn discovers his overly potent sexual abilities at the ripe old age of 24, finding that he can even make a girl pregnant in spite of her using birth control. Eamonn's talents soon inspire a co-worker to help him launch a business whereby he rents himself out as a sure-fire babymaker to local women frustrated in their attempts to procreate. (NB: This is showing on Sky Movies Comedy and Sky Movies Comedy HD simultaneously)

Quadrophenia : Sky Screen 2 - Tuesday 9th December : 11.05pm
Quadrophenia : Sky Screen 2 - Saturday 13th December : 2.15am
Quadrophenia : Sky Movies Indie - Tuesday 16th December : 00.25am
The Who wrote and produced this energetic story of a young man disillusioned with his life in 1960s London. Phil Daniels excels as the alienated anti-hero Jimmy Cooper. Director: Franc Roddam. Starring: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Toyah Willcox, Philip Davis, Mark Wingett, Sting, and Ray Winstone. (The Sky Screen 2 airings will be broadcast simultaneously on Sky Screen 2 HD)

Our Psychic Family : Biography Channel - Thursday 11th Dec : 9.00pm
Our Psychic Family : Biography Channel - Thursday 11th Dec : 11.30pm
Our Psychic Family : Biography Channel - Friday 12th Dec : 9.00am
Our Psychic Family : Biography Channel - Friday 12th Dec : 2.00pm
Craig takes a trip to London to meet eighties pop icon, Toyah Willcox. Craig’s revelations of personal information shocks Toyah and she takes away some helpful relationship advice for her husband! 

The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments : More 4 - Sun 14th Dec : 9.00pm
The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments : More 4 - Mon 15th Dec : 1.00am
The concluding part as Jimmy Carr reveals the greatest Christmas moment of all time. From the moment when George Bailey's guardian angel earns his wings in It's A Wonderful Life to Dawn and Tim's long-awaited kiss under the mistletoe in The Office (Part 2 of 2).

 Toyah @ Christmas - The Dreamscape Advent Calendar
 Wednesday 3rd December, 2008.........................................22 days to go
Christmas 2006, and Toyah took on her first soap role (apart from a one-off appearance on Doctors in 2000) when she made her debut on the BBC Radio Asian Network soap/drama Silver Street.

Toyah was introduced as the character Sean Brady's estranged mother Siobhan, the "wild child" of her family, returning after many years with Sean's sister. It's fair to say it wasn't a particularly happy festive time on Silver Street back in 2006.

Toyah has mentioned a few times, including very recently, that she would like a part in a (television) soap but so far Silver Street is the only one she has appeared in.

 Press Release: Nepalese children help sick London children
 Wednesday 3rd December, 2008...................................................Events
On the 17th of December 2008, Toyah Willcox will open an exhibition of paintings by Nepalese children as part of the first ever international cultural exchange of children’s paintings between the UK and Nepal. These unusual and tranquil paintings produced by 60 children from 3 children’s homes in Kathmandu will be on display in the children’s department of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London. Out of the 6 current exhibitions in London hospitals, St Mary’s Hospital is the largest venue and the most accessible to the children, staff and visiting public. Two of the participating children, Sunil Gurung and Nisha Guide, have an exceptional natural talent for painting, and for this reason we have sponsored them to attend art school in Kathmandu. They have also been chosen to travel to London for the opening to represent the 60 children that donated their paintings. The Guest of Honour will be the Nepalese Ambassador H.E. Mr Murari Raj Sharma, and the Guest Speaker will be Dr Orlee Udwin, Lead Child Clinical Psychologist.

In April this year the Bedford Hill Gallery exhibited 100 paintings donated by children from 14 London schools. These paintings are being exhibited permanently in 3 orphanages and Kanti Children’s Hospital, Kathmandu. The Children’s Art for Children project brings works of art created by young people into communal areas like children’s wards in hospitals to help alleviate some of the anxieties children face in medical centres. The paintings considerably lighten plain, impersonal and even drab areas with their cheerful colours, instantly changing the dynamics of the place and creating a more optimistic environment. As well as the therapeutic properties of the paintings, the project also aims to have the added benefit of helping the children relate to their peers in the wider world.

The current exhibition of 60 paintings now hanging in St Mary’s Hospital will go to a number of children’s hospitals in Belgrade, Serbia, as part of the second cultural exchange in Spring 2009.

Official Opening is to be held on the 17th of December 2008 at 2:00pm at the Paediatric Department, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother Wing, 7th Floor, St Mary’s Hospital, Praed Street, Paddington, London W2 1NY.

 Toyah @ Christmas - The Dreamscape Advent Calendar
 Tuesday 2nd December, 2008.............................................23 days to go
For the first time since 1995 Toyah isn't in panto. This Christmas she is, instead, in Vampires Rock. The first December date is tonight at the New Theatre in Hull, with another show at the same veue tomorrow night too.

 Vampires Rock - December Dates
 Tuesday 2nd December, 2008......................................................Theatre
Tuesday 2nd December: Hull New Theatre, Hull
Tel: 01482 226 655 [ www.hullcc.gov.uk ]

Wednesday 3rd December: Hull New Theatre, Hull
Tel: 01482 226 655 [ www.hullcc.gov.uk ]

Thursday 11th December: Preston Guildhall
Tel: 0845 344 2012 [ www.prestonguildhall.com ]

Friday 12th December: Futurist Theatre, Scarborough
Tel: 01723 374 500 [ www.futuristtheatre.co.uk ]

Saturday 13th December: Worthing Assembly Hall
Tel: 01903 206206 [ www.worthingtheatres.co.uk ]

Saturday 27th December: Liverpool Echo Arena 
Tel: 0844 8000 400 [ www.accliverpool.com ]

 Toyah @ Christmas - The Dreamscape Advent Calendar
 Monday 1st December, 2008...............................................24 days to go
I wasn't going to bother with any Christmas content this year... but sleigh bells to that...December WILL Be Magic Again!!! It's the return of the Toyah @ Christmas - Dreamscape Advent Calendar!! Christmas 2007, and Toyah, John and Siouxsie attend Shirley Bassey's 70th Birthday Celebrations on December 16th in Taplow, Berkshire.

 Fantastic 80s - TV Ad Screen Captures
 Monday 1st December, 2008....................................................Television
A few screen captures from the advert for 'Fantastic 80s' that is currently airing. Toyah's 'It's A Mystery' is included on the compilation, released today.

 Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!
 Monday 1st December, 2008........................................................Various
• Toyah really does get namechecked in the most weird and wonderful places. Just take a look through Dreamscape's News Archive for proof of that. This week she gets a mention in the Guardian's Restaurant review: Belle House.

• And she also has a namecheck in the latest issue of 'SciFiNow' magazine (Thanks to Stephen).

Retro Wonderland chose 'Don't Fall In Love (I Said) as their Single of the Day on Saturday: "Toyah was always one that was along the same lines of " Lene Lovich " , " Nina Hagen " etc etc etc....Everything she did was simply amazing. When I first heard this track I was floored, amazing :) Enjoy :)"

• And History Of The 80s... A Journey Back Into A Fantastic Decade, also on Saturday, chose 'The Best Of Toyah' as their Album of the Day!


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