2003: 'Brilliant Day'!!!
I've decided not to go ahead with the
unofficial BRILLIANT DAY get together.
The main reason for this is that there
are now a number of official Toyah gigs
being organised for May, and I think
these will celebrate 25 years of Toyahdom
in a far better (more brilliant?) way.
Toyah is hoping to play, at
least, four special gigs, and four
BRILLIANT DAYS with Toyah in attendance
and singing for everyone is definitely
the best way to mark this special year,
rather than my shambolic attempts.
I'll see you all in Manchester,
2003: Toyah News - Bits & Pieces
Toyah was cover star of 'East Anglian
Magazine', the mag that accompanies the
'East Anglian Daily News' newspaper, on
Saturday. Inside was a three page
feature, detailed biography, and a
mixture of old and new (including Calamity
Jane) pictures of Toyah.
Thanks to Michael B
for the info.
The 'Wakefield Leisure & Sport
Express' newspaper report that Toyah will
be Guest Of Honour at the PHENOMENAL
WOMAN'S NETWORK on Friday 7th March. The
event takes place in Leeds, where Calamity
Jane will be playing that week at the
Grand Theatre, at the Tiger Tiger
restaurant in Albion Street from noon
to Graham Dawson for the info
2003: Toyah's February Webletter
to everyone who has emailed me regarding
Toyah's February webletter.
In response to the journalist's
comments to Toyah about Dreamscape, I can
only say that there has never been
anything included on this site,
intentionally or unintenionally, that
could suggest any negativity towards
Toyah, let alone that she is hated. I
know this for sure as I'm the only
person, aside from the Guestbook entries,
who adds content. I am, and always have
been, a massive fan and supporter of
only content that could in any way be
construed as "anti-Toyah" are a
couple of the more sarcastic Calamity
Jane reviews originating from lazy,
predictable journalists from certain
publications. I included them to create a
balanced, non sycophatic, coverage of the
musical but typically this other journo
hasn't taken the time to notice this, or
considered that some people take
slanderous, and ridiculously untrue
2003: Toyah & 'Calamity Jane' in
Southend On Sea/Essex
|Toyah is in
Southend-On-Sea this week, at the Cliff's
Pavilion. She was also featured in 'Essex
Ray on Cloud Nine
Ruthven was today on Cloud Nine after
meeting his idol Toyah Willcox.
singer and actress is cracking whips as
Calamity Jane at the Cliffs Pavilion,
59, of Oakleigh Park Drive, Leigh, has
been a fan since Toyah stunned the
country with her outrageous punk
followed her career since she topped the
charts with I Wanna Be Free in 1981,
through her stage acting and television
roles, including presenting BBC1's
Holiday programme and the Earth
took his old albums to the theatre in the
hope of getting them autographed. Toyah
was happy to oblige.
said: "I've been a fan for years.
When I met her she was lovely. She
thanked me for still keeping her
musical opened last night and runs until
2003: Toyah - Music release news...
the bad news: It's my sad duty to inform
you that the new 'Little Tears Of Love'
(EP) now WON'T be released on the NMC
label. Not sure why but I am sure the CD
is still being released.
The good news is that Toyah is
hoping to reissue some of her classic
albums this coming May. These are likely
to be; 'Prostitute', 'Ophelia's Shadow'
and '(Take The) Leap'. Possibly more info
at toyahwillcox.com soon.
to Craig Astley for the info.
2003: 'Calamity Jane' in Leeds
|Calamity Jane is featured
at 'The Grand' website in preparation for
the show's visit to Leeds...
3rd March - Saturday 8th March
for the stage by Charles K. Freeman
by Sammy Fain, Lyrics by Paul Francis
film, starring Doris Day, was a classic
from the golden age of the Hollywood
Musical. Now, Calamity Jane hits the
stage as an action-packed, rip-roaring
comedy adventure round the Wild West with
one of the most witty and hummable scores
ever written for a musical.
Jane stars the legendary Toyah Willcox
whose career spans popstardom, film,TV
and stage, with lead roles in everything
from Taming of the Shrew to Cabaret and
such classic songs as: The Deadwood Stage
(Whip-crack-Away!), Windy City,The Black
Hills of Dakota Secret Love (Academy
Award ® for Best Song and Number 1 in
the UK charts).
2003: Toyah on TV in February
A Music War : Sky Movies 1 - Sunday
23rd February : 3.10am
Passions : BBC Prime - Tuesday 25th
February : 3.45am
Offer : Challenge TV - Weekdays @
9.00am & 2.00pm
2003: 'Sunday Telegraph Magazine' - Toyah
|Toyah's old (I
think) drawing room was featured in the
'Sunday Telegraph Magazine' at the
The magazine, in
their 'Shortcuts' section, ran a Toyah
piece, titled TOYAH WILLCOX'S CANDLES.
picture originally taken for Toyah's
interview/photo feature in 'Hello!'
magazine, from November 2000, where she
is perched on her mantlepiece.
click the picture to read the full
thanks to Paul Lomas for this.
2003: Toyah News Bits & Pieces...
| Toyah, and Rick Wakeman,
were the subject of this week's
'Connections' round on Never Mind The
Buzzcocks on Monday night (10th Feb).
"What is the connection between
Toyah and Rick?," Mark Lamarr asked
Bill Bailey, someone out of Dr Hook, and
someone out of The Datsuns. They actually
answered correctly that both have
appeared in 'Dictionary Corner' on Countdown.
I answered incorrectly that both were
born on 18th May (though that is true I
recently received a mention, alongside
Madonna no less, in 'The Independent'
newspaper's review of the Cecil Beaton
book, 'The Unexpurgated Beaton'...
remember the 1980 sale of Cecil Beaton's
Wiltshire house. It was subsequently
owned by Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox
(just as his first retreat is now the
residence of Mr and Mrs Guy
2003: 'Little Tears of Love' (EP) '03 -
Tears Of Love' EP, version two, will be
released in May on the NMC label. Tracks
on the all new CD are thought to
1. Little Tears
Of Love, 2. Every Scar (Has A Silver
Lining), 3. Troublesome Thing, 4.
Something Good, 5. Back To Nature.
will coincide with a series of gigs in
London, Birmingham and Manchester.
has also been mention of a promo video to
accompany the release. No details yet if
the artwork will be the same as 2002's
2003: 'Captured' - Over 130
"Guesting" captures added
|Finally completed the 'Captured'
section. Added over 130 screen caps of
Toyah guesting on various TV shows over
the past 23 years. 'Captured' now
contains almost 300 TV appearances.
another page of Toyah pictures to the
Gallery, of the performing live variety.
Way back from the mists of time..., well,
1993, '94, and 2002 to be precise.
thanks to Dave Herd, Sabine
Bode and Paul Cable who
provided them all.
2003: 'Calamity Jane' / Toyah - Kent
interviewed in the 'Kent Messenger' last
week, in their 'What's On?' section...
Calamity is her good fortune
Willcox is heading to Kent in the musical
Calamity Jane. For someone who's not a
particular fan of musicals she's having a
great time. Michael DeFroand found out
article features Toyah in Calamity,
plus a picture from 'The Changeling' Tour
in 1982. Calamity Jane played
Canterbury last week at the Marlowe
to Richard Featherstone for this.
To read the full interview please click
2003: 'Calamity Jane' / Toyah -
|Toyah, and Calamity Jane,
were in last Thursday's 'Southampton
as a gun singer
Willcox and Doris Day might not seem to
have much in common.
punk singer and actress-turned-TV
presenter will be taking on the role made
famous by the wholesome Fifties film star
when she stars in Calamity Jane at
Southampton's Mayflower Theatre this
will appear alongside a cast of 18 and a
ten-piece orchestra in the classic Wild
West musical. You can see Calamity Jane
at The Mayflower from April 8 - 12. Box
Office: 023 8071 1811.
thanks to Andi for this.
2003: Toyah @ BBC & 'Top Of The Pops
|As already mentioned in Toyah's
February Webletter, BBCi's Top Of The
Pops 2 website now have a Toyah
wallpaper available to download and
"jazz" up your PC. It's a
classic shot from Toyah's second
appearance on Top Of The Pops,
performing 'It's A Mystery' in 1981, and
can be saved in three screen sizes.
There are also wallpapers
featuring Dexy's Midnight Runners,
Dollar, Thompson Twins, Soft Cell, and a
whole host of others from various
Toyah receives a mention at BBC
Derby in their '80s Music Memories'
feature. They also include that
Toyah wallpaper pic from Top Of The
80s were a mish-mash of musical styles,
there was certainly something to suit
League, Toyah and Gary Numan brought with
them a new brand of pop inspired by the
New Romantic movement in London and a
more electronic sound that originated in
Germany. For those who fancied something
a little darker there were the likes of
Bauhaus, The Fall and Joy Division."
at the Top Of The Pops 2 website -
They are running a feature on retro TOTP
say that Toyah appeared in an article in
their 1984 annual (main pic - Madness)but
I'm sure it was actually the 1983 version
(main pic - Sheena Easton). Not that it
matters really but don't you hate it when
people try to rewrite history? I'm
confused enough as it is without Top
Of The Pops adding to the mish-mash
that is my brain:)
2003: 'This Morning' - Toyah interviewed
|Toyah guested on yesterday's This
Morning, interviewed by Fern Britton
and Phillip Schofield.
The interview was fairly brief,
though Toyah did manage to cover a number
of topics; famously being ripped off,
that proposed facelift, a Tibetan burial,
and even a little about Calamity Jane.
on that unscrupulous manager: "It
happened a long time ago. There's a lot
of water under the bridge since then. It
happens to so many artists anyway. It's
possibly one of the best things that
happened to me. I found every bank
account had been emptied and just had to
get out there and work. I was back on my
feet in a year."
on Michael Jackson and fame: "I
was never a megastar like him, but you do
live in a different reality, blinkered.
You think everything is being done for
you, when really quite a lot is going on
behind your back that you'd rather wasn't
independence: "The last ten
years have been fantastic. I'm
independent and in control."
on musicals: "I don't know much
about musicals. I was in Cabaret
about 20 years ago. That was the only
musical I've ever done, and I didn't
really go and see musicals."
on Calamity Jane: "When the,
very young, producers turned up with the
script of Calamity Jane I said to
my agent, 'I think this is a student
prank'. They were so young, 22.
been on the road for about six months,
and it's been a sheer joy. We've just had
two sold out weeks in Scotland. We're
on facelifts: "I'll probably
have it when I need it, in about six
month's time. I'm considering it but it
scares me silly. I had a conversation
with a well known casting director on TV,
I said, 'What's the consequences of
having a facelift?' and she said,' What's
the consequences of not. Everyone's
having it done'. It's part of the TV
and Phillip both made it clear to Toyah
that they thought she certainly didn't
need a facelift.
on looking good: "I think when
you're really active you look better. I
have bad days, when I've been at home for
a week, when I don't feel positive about
myself. At the moment I'm incredibly
active so I feel quite good about how I
look in the morning."
on funerals: "A Tibetan Sky
Burial. I'll never have one because only
really sacred people have them."
you have it. All that was shoehorned into
a chat lasting less than six minutes.
2003: Toyah, Alasdair, Dustin &
Kellie in Edinburgh
Alasdair Harvey (Wild Bill Hickok),
Dustin Dubreil (formerly Danny
Gilmartin), and Kellie Ryan (Katie Brown)
pose for pictures at the Festival Theatre
in Edinburgh on Tuesday 28th January 03.
2003: 'Calamity Jane' - Further tour
|As rumoured, Calamity
Jane will definitely continue to tour
the UK after its "final" week
in Liverpool at the beginning of April.
Indeed, the Mayflower Theatre in
Southampton are advertising, and selling
tickets for, the musical the week
straight after Liverpool - Tuesday 8th -
Saturday 12th April.
are also listing Calamity Jane as
playing at The Hippodrome in Bristol,
Tues 27th May - Sat 31st May (tickets
already on sale), and The Auditorium in
Grimsby, Tues 10th June - Sat 14th June
(tickets not on sale yet).
all the new tour dates will be confirmed
to Paul Cable for the Mayflower
programme scan. Thanks also to John
for the Ticketmaster info.
2003: Toyah's Knee - The new sensation,
sweeping the nation!
|Toyah's knee was all over the
terrible tabloids in the UK on Saturday.
Not literally, of course, just various
reports about her onstage
"calamity" in Edinburgh on
'Daily Mirror' and 'Daily Record', among
others, all ran the story with various
side-splitting headlines - not! CALAMITY
PAIN, OO-YAH WIL(L)COX,
OO-AH TOYAH, and my favourite, the
inspired TOYAH'S KNEE ON BOOM.
Surely that must have been thought up by
point all the newspapers agree on is that
Toyah is an absolute
actresses would have just let the
understudy take over, but not Toyah. She
was determined not to disappoint everyone
who had come to see her as Calamity
Jane. I saw the show on Saturday
night in Edinburgh and there wasn't any
sign atall that she was in any pain or
fantastic performance/show to finish off
a successful two weeks in Scotland.
to Alec Kelly and Giddy Gavin:)
2003: 'The Stage' - Calamity Jane
Kilby takes over the role of Lt Danny
Gilmartin, from February 3, in the
current touring production of Calamity
Jane, which also stars Toyah Willcox.
Remaining dates are: January - Festival
Theatre, Edinburgh (until Feb 1);
February - Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
(3-8), Civic Theatre, Darlington (10-15),
Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea (17-22),
Congress Theatre, Eastbourne (24-March
1); March - Grand Theatre, Leeds (3-8),
Orchard Theatre, Dartford (10-15),
Theatre Royal, Norwich (17-22), Theatre
Royal, Nottingham (24-29), Empire
Theatre, Liverpool (31-April 1).
NB. Garry Kilby actually took
over from Dustin Dubrefuil on Saturday in
2003: Toyah Newsy bits and pieces...
| This book, 'Vacant' - A
Diary Of The Punk Years 1976-79, has been
available for a while now but I thought
I'd give it a mention as I've only just
featured in it, with a brilliant pic of
her from a 1978 benefit gig. Aside from
Toyah, there are also some excellent pics
of Siouxsie, Sex Pistols, Jordan and many
more punk "icons"!
to Dave Herd.
Toyah figures in the 'Why
Is A Mouse When It Spins' website's,
recently announced, 2002 Reader's Poll:)
only is she a runner-up in Fave Female
Singer, but 'Little Tears Of Love' has
made it as one of the Best Singles of
2002 (and to think it isn't even released
until May 03!).
- Go check out the poll at this
excellently hilarious site by clicking
2003: 'Calamity Jane' & Toyah in
|Calamity Jane's final
Scottish performance takes place tonight
in Edinburgh. A brilliant way to end
Toyah's, and Calamity's, hugely
successful two-week visit to Scotland - A
fantastic review of the show in
Thursday's 'Edinburgh Evening News'...
A vivid and vivacious
performance from Toyah Willcox gets what
could be a dead wood touring production
of Calamity Jane cracking along and puts
it firmly on the premier stage.
a real pleasure to see this charming
performer lift her cast in such a
generous and spirited manner. And even if
this production has been on tour for a
while, theres no clue that it might
be tired or lacking energy in any
the full version of the review by
clicking 'Edinburgh Evening News'
beautiful front page Toyah pic.
Monday's 'Metro' newspaper also featured
a Calamity Jane article.
27th January - From the Wild West End
it with Britain and pop stars with speech
defects? Long before G-G-Gareth and
will-o'-the-lisp Will Young, Toyah
Willcox proved that thounding thlightly
different from the norm needn't be a
drawback to a successful recording
career. Or an acting one, come to that.
on your age, Toyah is best known for
playing the part of Mad in Derek Jarman's
seminal punk epic Jubilee, modette Monkey
in Quadrophenia or Aunt Boomerang in the
kids TV series of the same name.
flitting between flesh and the spirit
presenting The Good Sex Guide or Sunday
morning Godsquad series Heaven And Earth.
it's in the guise of cross-dressing,
whip-crack-away tomboy cowpoke Calamity
Jane that Toyah will be making her way
north of the border in Ed Curtis's
touring stage version of the Warner Bros
1953 movie hit.
then, it was Doris Day who stole the
thunder as a chapess in chaps in the
black hills of Dakota, turning herself
into a lesbian icon in the process. And
while Willcox is no Doris Day, there's no
reason to think she can't still pack a
punch (or slap a thigh, come to that) for
all she's worth. She's certainly in good
company with Alasdair Harvey, a Scottish
star of the West End, along for the ride
on the Deadwood Stage as Wild Bill
acres of tap-dancing, floozies, quarts
and quarts of bar-room shenanigans and
plenty of kitsch-n-sink domestic
trimmings and lilting log cabin whimsy in
the form of A Woman's Touch, Calamity
Jane may be thin on plot but it is
bursting to the seams with good natured
while there may be more than a little
artistic licence at play in portraying
how the West - and Hickok's heart - was
won, it's the sort of sharp shooting
cornball that wears its heart on its
cowboy shirt with pride.
thanks to Giddy Gavin for
2003: 'The Sun' - Alasdair Harvey talks
|Alasdair Harvey, aka as Wild
Bill Hickok, was interviewed in
yesterday's 'The Sun'.
It's easy making sparkys fly
interview turns to Toyah around half way
through: "In his latest on-stage
spectacular, Alasdair plays Wild Bill
Hickok - who tugs the heart strings of
Calamity Jane, played by 80s icon Toyah.
the show tiny Toyah is hurled around
stage as the fastest-shootin',
quickest-drawin' hardest-fightin gal in
Alasdair admitted she amazed him with her
levels of energy and enthusiasm.
said: "She's like a flying bullet.
She throws herself around the stage all
the time without giving it a second
thought. She's constantly tumbling and
falling off the bar into guys' arms,
which is great fun.
once scene I have to grab her and push
her around but I try not to be too rough.
lot of her hits were out when I was a
teenager and I was brought up with
Toyah's music so I'm not about to be
rough with her.
do end up getting together as a couple
right at the end but it's not all
lovey-dovey until the very last minute.
Jane just isn't like that and that's what
makes it so good - it all just clicks
to Alec Kelly for alerting me to
2003: Toyah's leg grabs the headlines...
|My Glasgow Toyah
pal Alec went to see Calamity Jane
in Edinburgh on opening night last
Tuesday. He emailed me later to say Toyah
had hurt her leg while onstage. Little
did we know it would eventually make the
Evening News: 31st January - Toyah avoids
calamity at battle of wounded knee
gun-toting Wild West cowgirl Calamity
Jane, she is used to taking the rough
with the smooth. The feisty gun-slinger
simply shrugs off shoot-outs with outlaws
and dusts herself down after bar-room
pop star Toyah Willcox had to deal with a
real-life calamity while she was on stage
during the musicals opening night
in the Capital. As she leapt about the
stage of the Festival Theatre, cracking
her whip and belting out the
musicals popular numbers, the
44-year-old actress dislocated her
the full interview by clicking the pic.
Record: 1st February - Calamity Pain -
Toyah stages remarkable recovery
Toyah Willcox faced a real calamity when
she dislocated her knee playing cowgirl
former punk icon stuck to "the show
must go on" adage.
44, simply nipped backstage, had her knee
clicked into place and continued with the
opening night audience at Edinburgh's
Festival Theatre were totally unaware of
the drama. And last night a theatre
spokeswoman said: "It is amazing.
Toyah was determined not to disappoint
her audience by limping off stage.
she went off just long enough for her
knee to be popped back in. It must have
been very painful, but she didn't show
anything was wrong. She was very
shot to fame in 1977 punk film Jubilee
and with her 1980s chart hit I Wanna Be
Free. She has battled the knee problem
throughout her life after being born with
a spinal curvature. She once dismissed
the condition as "just meaning I
crack a lot". And she didn't let it
prevent her taking the action-packed role
of gun-toting Jane.
show she is flung around, hoisted up and
tripped over. It is understood she warned
back-stage first-aiders of her problem
and had arranged a signal for them to
whisk her off stage if necessary.
2003: 'Romford Recorder' - Plain talking
interviewed in the 'Romford Recorder'
this week. Toyah and Calamity Jane
visit Southend On Sea in mid February.
The interview, another Calamity
filled chat, was done this week while TW
was in Edinburgh.
2003: Toyah on 'This Morning' - Tuesday
guests on This Morning next Tuesday
morning, 4th Feb, 10.30 am - ITV1
Magazine show presented by Fern
Britton and Phillip Schofield. With
advice from Dr Raj Persaud, soap gossip
from Jaci Stephen, and childcare advice.
With special guest Toyah Willcox.