Dreamscape: A Toyah Willcox Fansite [www.toyah.net] :
somewhere in the distance : archived Toyah news for the
month of Nov 2004
24, 2004: A Private Performance
performed privately, at a
corporate gathering, on Saturday
night in London.
elaborate make-up, huge bright
red head dress, decorative cross,
and her 'Best Of The 80s' stage
outfit, Toyah performed a similar
set to that of recent gigs.
Heyward and Belinda Carlisle also
played at the event.
really has been a great year for
Toyah in a live! sense. She has
played club PAs, a stadium
concert in Bolton, 19 date UK
tour and the odd private
to John for the picture. Please
click on it for a larger version.
24, 2004: "There's a gig
poster, huh, it's a
retro Toyah German gig poster I
mentioned on the 14th November
featuring an alternate version of
the image used for the 'Thunder
In The Mountains' single sleeve.
click on the picture to view a
bigger, better version of it ;o)
to Andi Westhorpe.
24, 2004: Toyah on PUNK! CD
out that this new compilation,
PUNK!, is actually a bona fide,
genuine, official release.
17-track CD on the Prism Leisure
label (catalogue number: PLATCD
1309) features two Toyah tracks,
both from 2003's 'Velvet Lined
Shell', as well as songs by The
Fall, Captain Sensible, Sham 69,
Alternative TV and many more.
full tracklisting is: 1. Sham 69
- Girlfriend, 2. Captain Sensible
- While Wrecking The Car, 3. King
Prawn - Someone To Hate, 4. 999 -
Brent Cross, 5. Toyah - Every
Scar Has A Silver Lining, 6.
Alternative TV - Viva La Rock 'N'
Roll, 7. Sham 69 - Tattoo, 8. The
Fall - Cyber Insekt, 9.
Alternative TV - Love Lies Limp,
10. King Prawn - No Peace, 11.
The Membrains - Tatty Seaside
Town, 12. The Fall - Two Librans,
13. The Vibrators - Jumpin' Jack
Flash, 14. Toyah - Velvet Lined
Shell, 15. The Jerks - Dole Queue
Boys, 16. Captain Sensible -
Happy Talk, 17. The Fall - Serum.
to Andi Westhorpe.
24, 2004: Backstage at BEST
on from last month's special
backstage at the 'Best Of The
is a fantastic picture of Toyah,
Claire, Ruby, and Claire's
backing vocalist (unfortunately
I've forgotten her name - great
singer though), photographed
backstage at the Edinburgh
Playhouse on Wednesday 20th
an excellent pic. Please click on
Toyah to view the full photo.
Hope you like it ;o)
24, 2004: 'The Tempest' on TV
Artsworld channel will broadcast The
Tempest, with Toyah as
Miranda, in early December.
film, from 1979, is still
considered to be one of Jarman's
Jarman's highly individual and
beguiling version of
Shakespeare's last play, shot in
ruined abbeys and mansions with
an undercurrent of absurdist
Derek Jarman. Starring: Heathcote
Williams, Toyah Willcox,
Elisabeth Welch, Karl Johnson,
Peter Bull, Richard Warwick
(1979, 3 Star).
Tempest : Artsworld - Friday 3rd
December : 9.30pm
24, 2004: 'I'm A Celebrity...' -
Top Ten Trials
notorious Bush Tucker Trial, from
I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out
Of Here! series two, where
she waded in a swamp of foul
smelling gunk, placed at number
seven in last Wednesday's (17th
November) I'm A Celebrity...
Top Ten Trials on ITV2.
from the stinky challenge, in
which Toyah managed to find five
hidden stars, were reshown, with
and ex-junglemates recalling the
trial.... and Toyah!
Krizanovich: "I didn't
realise it was... Toyah!"
Jones: "Her challenge was
Krizanovich: "It was
Barker: "Shit everywhere. It
was vile! The stench was
unbelievably bad - I mean... good
Baker: "She's used to it
after 20 years in showbiz."
Barker: "She came into the
camp, and she reeked! We all ran
up to greet her and then ran. You
couldn't go within ten feet of
relive Toyah's complete I'm
A Celebrity... experience,
please click on the pictures.
24, 2004: www.toyah.net
|Happy to say that, at
last, www.toyah.net is back
online and working again. Ta for
your patience ;o)
24, 2004: New Toyah pix @
|The Gallery (page two)
of Toyah's Official website was
updated recently with new Dean
Stockings photographs of Toyah in
her 'Here & Now' and 'Best Of
The 80s' outfits. Great pictures!
14, 2004: Toyah to appear at
'Wasted 2005' Punk Festival
sees Toyah going back to her
roots, with a two-set appearance
at the 'Wasted' Punk Festival in
Morecambe. The four-day festival
takes place from 19th through to
the 22nd May 2005 with a huge
number of bands and singers
will be playing a set on the Main
Stage and is also listed as
appearing on the Acoustic Stage
with a SPOKEN WORD performance.
details on which day Toyah will
appear as yet but this is two
sets NOT TO BE MISSED!
bands/artists confirmed include;
The Stranglers, The Damned, The
Rezillos, UK Subs, Anti Nowhere
League, The Exploited, The
Undertones, Hazel O'Connor &
The Subterranians, Peter &
The Test Tube Babies, GBH and
many many more.
Morecambe 19th - 22nd
price £55 until 31st
£65 - 1st November to
31st March 05
£75 - 1st April
payable to Wasted Festivals
please include a SAE. To 14
Priory Street, Hereford, HR4 9LB
UK. Credit Cards 02476 559992 or
click on the WASTED logo to visit
the Official website for more
information and a huge list of
the bands confirmed to appear.
14, 2004: Toyah newsy bits &
This excellent Toyah poster was
recently up for auction at eBay.
as being a stunning Toyah
collectable, it's interesting
because the picture used is a
rarely-seen variation of the
'Thunder In The Mountains' sleeve
German tour poster was used to
promote a gig at the MARKTHALLE
in Hamburg on 7th December 1981.
Toyah's Official website has been
updated over the weekend with her
November webletter. Leap on over
to www.toyahwillcox.com to read a
lengthy missive on all things
'Best Of The 80s'.
The 'Best Of The 80s' Tour has
inspired Toyah - She mentions
that she wants to get a band
together and play dates. This
would be a great opportunity to
do a college/university tour of
the UK methinks. Toyah would go
down a storm if the tour was
promoted well, and it would be a
cool return to her roots too.
How's about the 'COMPUTER 2005'
UK Tour? ;o))
Toyah was on UK TV on Friday
night, ITV1 @ 12.25am. The
programme was Pulling Power,
with Toyah talking about her very
first car - a Ford Escort mk1,
which cost her the princely sum
of £400. She was 20 at the time,
couldn't drive, but bought it so
that her then boyfriend could
drive it for her! [Thanks to Paul
Lomas for the info]
10, 2004: 'The Rabbit Whisperer'
by Ingrid Tarrant
will feature in a new book, 'The
Rabbit Whisperer' - The secret of
how to make your rabbit part of
the family, by Ingrid Tarrant -
published in March of next year.
Rabbits are the third most
popular pets in the UK. After
cats and dogs, they are being
chosen by more families as their
household pet and by more single
people as an animal for company.
This fantastic book is a
must-read for any rabbit fanatic.
Written by top journalist and
long-time rabbit owner, Ingrid
Tarrant, and full of
contributions from rabbit-loving
celebrities such as Suggs and
Toyah Willcox, it is the ultimate
guide to caring for a rabbit. It
covers choosing a pet, preparing
for its arrival and routine care
such as grooming, food and water,
cage-cleaning, health checks and
vaccinations. This clear,
no-nonsense book dispels the many
myths surrounding rabbits and
their care and is ideal for every
rabbit owner and lover.
The Rabbit Whisperer by
Hardcover 288 pages
(March 31, 2005)
further information, or to
pre-order the book please click
on the pic to visit
10, 2004: 'FRA Literary, Film
& Television Agents' - Toyah
the author and children's writer,
has two pages dedicated to her at
the 'FRA Literary, Film &
Televsion Agents' website.
Willcox - The Author: "Toyah
Willcox has a highly successful,
prolific and amazingly diverse
career, with major hit records
and many prestigious stage and
screen roles to her credit, that
has made her one of Britain's
biggest household names. She has
written a fascinating account of
a remarkable period in her life
previously unknown to her fans.
Her book will be published in
Spring 2005 by Michael O'Mara
is completing a most
work. It is a remarkably brave,
frank and startlingly innovative
work which will remain under
wraps until published in Spring
2005 by Michael O'Mara
Willcox - Children's Writer:
"Toyah's first book for
children is entitled We Have
click on the website screen shot
to visit the FRA website.
thanks to Broken Diamond &
Corona @ the Dreamscape Forum.
10, 2004: 'The Club' - Life's no
DRAG for Toyah!
made a surprise guest appearance
at the Grand Drag Ball at THE
CLUB in Stoke on Sunday 31st
also the final night of the 'Best
Of The 80s' UK Tour so I guess
Toyah must have dashed from
Buxton to Stoke to be part of the
great night was had by all, with
the winner picking up a
well-earned prize and oodles of
money being raised for charity -
click on the pics to visit THE
CLUB's website. If you'd like to
look at the pics from the night,
including another Toyah picture,
they can be found in the Photos
section (31st October 2004).
to Michael O'Brien.
10, 2004: 'Little Britain' -
was mentioned in last night's Little
Britain (episode four,
series' two) on BBC 3.
namecheck came in a sketch
featuring Lou and Andy (pictured
right), probably the best known
of all the comedy show's wild and
to fireman: "It's like that
song by Toyah Willcox, innit,
It's a Mystery"
Britain is considered to be
(possibly) the finest British
comedy of the Noughties, and
features a plethora of hilarious
characters; Daffyd, the only gay
in the village, Marjorie Dawes
and Fat Fighters, Dame Sally
Markham, the romantic author,
Vicky Pollard, and Emily Howard,
the crap transvestite.
to Claire Ormrod & John ny @
the Dreamscape Forum.
10, 2004: 'News from...
Canterbury' - Sleeping Beauty
|SLEEPING BEAUTY SET
TO DRIVE AUDIENCES WILD
Marlowe Theatre has found a new
and speedy way of advertising
this years pantomime,
Sleeping Beauty. The
theatres delivery van
received an early Christmas
present and has been given a
festive makeover in July.
than life images of pantomime
stars Toyah Willcox and Jack
Ryder (Jamie in EastEnders) are
splashed all over the van which
has been painted in rich purple
colours and bold designs. Kent
residents cannot fail to miss the
festive vehicle as the faces of
Toyah as the Black Fairy and Jack
as Prince Charming whizz by
through the county!
wish Id had this van when I
was 14," said a stunned
Toyah when she saw it for the
first time at the official launch
of the pantomime this weekend.
"I wouldve put it to
good use in my disco days!"
Horse Designs in Dover created
the colourful masterpiece that
will attract the attention of
many keen theatregoers.
all over the county should keep
their eyes on the road and watch
out for details of a special
"Van on the Run"
competition when well be
asking people to call and email
in to win free tickets to see The
Marlowe pantomime, running from
Thursday December 9 Sunday
January 30 2005.
an array of lavish sets and
costumes, a stunning ice skating
sequence and plenty of guaranteed
laughs, Sleeping Beauty is a
perfect show for families and
friends of all ages.
are available now from The
Marlowe Theatre Box Office on
01227 787 787.
10, 2004: 'Around Burntwood'
|Art Exhibition at St
art by Burntwood students have
been selected by the Charity,
'Childrens Art for
Children,to be exhibited in
the Lanesborough Wing of St
Charity, set up by the Bedford
Hill Gallery, aims to make art
more accessible to disadvantaged
children by setting up
exhibitions in hospitals and day
centres accross London.
exhibition was opened by actress
and singer, Toyah Willcox, the
Charitys patron, and will
be in situ for one year.
3, 2004: 'Best Of The 80s' -
'Best Of The 80s' Tour ended on
Sunday night at the Opera House
in Buxton after a month long trek
around the UK, with Toyah, Clare,
Ben and Nick playing 19 dates in
general consensus has been that
Toyah and Clare were the stars of
the tour, with reactions
reminiscent to those of 2002's
'Here & Now' UK Tour, when
Toyah stole every show.
one day Toyah will headline
one of these "revival"
been starving for a month because
this costume has a 20-inch
waist," she says.
"Its reminiscent of a
little circus girl in Victorian
times, except Ive taken the
innocence away and added a little
S&M - it leaves nothing to
the imagination." Toyah
20 years younger in a red
Parisian showgirl's costume,
thigh-high black suede boots and
matching gloves, Toyah kept the
tempo high with her upbeat
renditions of It's A Mystery,
Thunder In The Mountains and Echo
Beach, before an unlikely cover
of Guns N' Roses' Sweet Child O'
Mine showed she still likes to
to the banter from the crowd on
the way out, they all seemed to
agree that Toyah and Clare Grogan
were the stars of this 80s
revival show." Edinburgh
came out with the sole intention
of having fun, treating us to a
version of Martha and the
Muffins Echo Beach and
Child of Mine before bouncing
energetically through her own
hits Thunder In The Mountains, I
Want To Be Free and Its A
Mystery." The Cumberland
punk princess Toyah Willcox made
an entrance to rival her many
out in a velvet basque and
thigh-high boots she quipped:
"Has anyone seen my
belted out rocking covers of Echo
Beach by Martha and the Muffins
and Sweet Child o' Mine by Guns
the audience sang along to her
angst-ridden anthem I Want to be
Free, Toyah confessed: "I
feel a bit of a fraud. I wrote
this song when I was 12 and now
I'm 46." Aberdeen Evening
- decked out in a tasselled,
gold-coloured short skirt - still
boasts a good singing voice and
the men in the audience swarmed
to the front of the stage as the
42-year-old belted out I Wanna Be
Free and It's A Mystery as she
did 20-odd years ago." Sunday
some of the press reactions to
Toyah's 'Best Of The 80s'
performances. For fan opinions
please check out the various
threads in the TOTALLY TOYAH TALK
section of the Dreamscape FORUM.