2003: 'Calamity Jane' & Toyah in
|The 'Edinburgh Evening News'
placed an awesome picture of Toyah on
their front cover yesterday afternoon to
celebrate Calamity Jane playing at
the Festival Theatre in the city. Toyah,
as you can see, is in full Calamity
gear, including whip, and looks great. Calamity
Jane is securing Toyah even more
press coverage and column inches than
last year's 'Here & Now' Tour did.
The, almost, half page picture
news feature is headlined: Toyah
holds the whip hand as she boards city
stage. The short piece is simply
a basic mention that Toyah has rode into
Jane ads are also playing dozens of
times each day on 'Radio Forth',
Edinburgh's biggest radio station, with
Toyah introducing herself as Jane. These
were also heard in Glasgow last week on
the city's 'Radio Clyde'.
As already mentioned, Calamity
Jane opened at the Festival Theatre
in Edinburgh on Tuesday evening.
Edinburgh audiences will have a hard task
beating the fantastic reaction Glasgow
gave to Toyah and the cast all last week,
but I'm sure they are up for the
show continues there through until
to Giddy Gavin.
2003: Stop The War - 'Daily Mirror'
in yesterday's 'Daily Mirror' newspaper
in their, "Not In Our Name"
She is pictured
adding her signature to the anti-war
Daily Mirror's anti-war petition last
night stood at an amazing 157,000. An
army of readers, showbiz stars and
sporting legends have all demanded Tony
Blair back down on his threat to attack
article continues: 'Toyah Willcox, 44,
said: "I feel so sad that innocent
people will have to die for oil.'"
2003: 'Calamity Jane' - Goodbye Glasgow,
|Last night Toyah, and the Calamity
Jane cast, opened at the Festival
Theatre in Edinburgh.
This followed a phenomenally
successful week long run at the King's
Theatre in Glasgow. The audience reaction
to the cast's final bow on Saturday night
was nothing short of astonishing. Toyah,
in particular, received deafening cheers
and whistles. We surely can't remember
the last time such a feisty and energetic
woman lit up Glasgow's Bath Street so
to Alec and Dave (&
Toyah) for a Calamitytastic night:)
Joan Kerrigan summed up Toyah/Calamity's
visit to Glasgow best with her letter in
the Evening Times on 25th January...
Times - Letters - Terrific Toyah
agree with Ann Fotheringham's review of
Calamity Jane (Times Out, Jan 23) it is a
Willcox is superb as Calamity and makes a
role that many associate with Doris Day
her own. Let's see more of this great
entertainment in town.
2003: Get Well Soon, Laura :)
|While I've got a spare five
minutes I'd just like to say Get Well
Soon to Laura, Canada's
biggest Toyah fan:)
for your emails and very kind comments
about Dreamscape on your website - much
Well Soon, Laura:)
2003: Toyah on TV / Toyah Newsy bits
Offer : Challenge TV - Twice Daily
Weekdays : 9.00am & 2.00pm
A Music War : Sky Movies 2 - Saturday
1st February : 00.45am
: UK Gold - Saturday 1st February :
: UK Gold - Saturday 1st February :
the Word. Drama series set in a busy
Midlands medical practice. Dr Helen
Thompson pays a home visit to Stella
Darwin and discovers that Stella's
nine-year-old daughter knows why her
mother is so badly bruised. Marcy Preston
takes her tearaway son, Danny, to see Dr
Steve Rawlings in the hope that his
behaviour can be improved.
Christopher Timothy, Jacqueline Leonard,
Mark Frost, Corrine Wicks, Akbar Kurtha,
Cable has asked me to point out that Friends
Reunited now have a music Message
Board. If you're a member why not give
Toyah a mention on there sometime:)
mention? Who knows? - The only other
famous Toyah ever - Toyah Battersby, the Coronation
Street character named after
you-know-who and easily one of the show's
most likeable people, rides off into the
sunset at the beginning of February after
six years of soapsud shenanigans! Georgia
Taylor is leaving "Corrie" for
pastures new and once more there'll only
be one Toyah worth bothering about in
Blighty. See ya Toyah, and Good Luck to
The Remember section has now been
consigned to the scrapyard, to be
replaced, soon, by Castaways -
Classic Toyah "Moments".
2003: Dame Toyah Willcox in Glasgow:) -
|Toyah made a live appearance on Scotland
Today yesterday afternoon.
The interviewer introduced her
by babbling on about the "'80s pop
revival" and then continued,
"Toyah has been busy building a new
career for herself as an actress.",
quick as a flash Toyah replied, "I'm
not building a new career, I was in the
National Theatre when I was 18".
went on to chat about the 'Here And Now'
tour and said her life was very full and
varied: "I don't go home at night
and wish it was 1981 again!", she
mentioned that the average age of the
cast was 24 and they all treat her with
much respect: "I'm experiencing more
respect now than I've ever had, and
that's all I want. Stuff the money, stuff
the fame, people being respectful to you
is a huge kick".
"The cast are so young,
they kind of look on me as some grand
Dame which makes me laugh because I don't
feel a day over 16. If they knew the bad
thoughts I have, no one would ever give
me any respect. I'm a practical joker and
I like winding people up. I'm not a
responsible person atall!".
interviewer then called her "Dame
Toyah Willcox", to which she
2003: 'Calamity Jane' - Reviewed in
'Evening Times' / 'Scotsman' Pick
Calamity Jane, King's Theatre
Toyah Willcox has to be made of
rubber ... for there is no way any real,
flesh and bone 44-year-old woman could
withstand the battering she takes on
stage as the gun-toting heroine.
flung around, hoisted up to dangle from
assorted bits of scenery, tripped up,
shot at and jumped on, all in the name of
point, judging by the collective gasp,
everyone in my row were convinced she had
smacked her head off a chair, but the
beaming smile didn't falter for a second.
Doris Day's pseudo-macho Calamity, this
is the real deal.
is a fizzing bundle of energy. a wildcat
hell-bent on sharp-shooting and
hard-drinking the men out of Deadwood.
it's just as well she has nailed the
physical side of her character, as her
voice never carried it.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a big
fan of 80s pop Toyah, it's just that
Musical Theatre Toyah doesn't have the
awe-inspiring vocal ability of other
actresses in the genre.
the singers were outstanding on the
opening night, with the exception of
Hamilton-born Alasdair Harvey as
Calamity's sparring partner Wild Bill
didn't matter, as we were all having such
a whip-crackaway time anyway.
story rattles along at a fine pace -
apart from the really irritating scene
changes, where various characters dance
about with bits of scenery for no
Jane runs until Saturday.
Scotsman' chose Calamity Jane as their
PICK OF THE WEEK too:
away, its Calam in all her glory,
or rather its Toyah Willcox in her
gunslinging glory. Gone are her days of
lisping away through the Top of the Pops
stage mist like some frustrated Kate
Bush, these days Toyah is revelling in
Doris Days boots. Set in the hills
of Dakota its an energetic musical
about the unlikely romance of famed
Western tomboy Calamity Jane and
gunfighter Wild Bill Hickock. In an
attempt to lure a handsome army
lieutenant away from another woman, Jane
trades in her gunslinging and uniforms
for housekeeping and dresses. A
sing-a-longers dream, for
2003: Tonight Matthew... / 'Ready Steady
| The 'Daily Star'
yesterday reported that Toyah is among a
large list of celebrities who have added
their names to an open letter supporting
Matthew Kelly in his hour of need. The
letter says he is a "gentle and
'Daily Mail' also covered the story - A
host of celebrities have signed an open
letter of support for the TV star Matthew
Kelly, according to a report in the Daily
than 40 actors, writers and directors
have signed the letter in which they say
they wish to record their pride and
pleasure in knowing and working with this
"gentle, caring man".
say the image of him currently being
painted in some quarters of the national
press is one they do not recognise. Names
on the list include Julie Walters, Robert
Lindsay, Miranda Richardson, Anthony
Sher, Les Dennis and Toyah Willcox.
to Alec Kelly for the Daily Star article
series set in a busy Midlands medical
practice. Dr Helen Thompson pays a home
visit to Stella Darwin and discovers that
Stella's nine-year-old daughter knows why
her mother is so badly bruised. Marcy
Preston takes her tearaway son, Danny, to
see Dr Steve Rawlings in the hope that
his behaviour can be improved.
Christopher Timothy, Jacqueline Leonard,
Mark Frost, Corrine Wicks, Akbar Kurtha,
appearance on Celebrity Ready Steady
Cook on UK Food is now listed as
being shown four times that day.
- Monday 27th January : 6.30am / 11.30am
/ 3.00pm / 7.30pm
2003: 'Calamity Jane' & Toyah in
|Today's 'Evening Times' and
'Glasgow Herald' both feature Toyah,
announcing Calamity Jane's arrival
in Glasgow yesterday...
Toyah aiming to be a big hit
Willcox breezed into Glasgow all guns
blazing for her new role as Calamity
return to the stage has her playing a
part immortalised on the Hollywood screen
by Doris Day in 1953.
role as the singing gun-toting heroine in
the town of Deadwood is a major shift
from her days as a punk icon with flaming
red hair in the 1980s.
also a familiar face on TV in programmes
such as Heaven And Earth and Doctors.
Jane at the King's Theatre also stars
Hamilton-born Alasdair Harvey as Wild
Bill Hickok and features classic songs
such as The Deadwood Satge and The Black
Hills Of Dakota.
TOYAH ON TARGET FOR CALAMITY
HAPPY: The Deadwood Stage came roaring
into Glasgow last night with Toyah
Willcox at the reins.
star and actress is playing Calamity
Jane, the pistol-packing tomboy, in the
musical of the same title, at the King's
musical comedy includes classic songs
like The Deadwood Stage (Whip Crack
Away), Just Flew In From The Windy City
and Secret Love.
tells the tale of a showgirl brought to
entertain the female-starved Deadwod
locals by Calamity, but chaos ensues when
the showgirl's maid is mistaken for the
performer. The show with Willcox in the
lead role is in Glasgow until Saturday.
'Glasgow Evening Times' named Calamity
Jane PICK OF THE DAY in their
Times Out section...
OF THE DAY: Calamity Jane, King's Theatre
is the gun-totin' heroine who is more
than a match for any man - and she
arrives in Glasgow tonight.
Jane, starring Toyah Willcox in the lead
role and local actor Alasdair Harvey as
her sparring partner Wild Bill Hickok, is
in town for one week only.
show, which was made famous by the 1953
movie starring Doris Day and Howard Keel,
is full of Western action and well-known
songs. It runs until Saturday.
2003: Toyah on TV - 'Scotland Today'
will be the live studio guest on tomorrow
afternoon's Scotland Today.
Scotland Today : Scottish
Televison - Thursday 23rd January -
2003: 'Calamity Jane' - A Hive Full Of
'Didn't I tell you 'bout the
time when I was a scout for the army? I
saved a major once. Pulled four arrows
out of his hide, poison ones...He sure
was a brave Major. He gave me my name,
"You're a great one to have around
in a time of calamity," That's what
he said, that's what he said!' - Calamity
Having never watched the famous
film version, and heard little of the
soundtrack, I wasn't sure what to expect
from the legendary tale of Calamity
Jane. I can honestly admit, despite
being a huge Toyah fan, I couldn't
imagine the musical being as superb as it
certainly is. And it is superb,
incredible, and every other superlative
you care to mention. The show, a
feel-good fest, has been constructed with
so much care and attention to detail,
even the set changes, though seamless and
well-executed, were mini performances
that garnered applause.
The score too, even to these
fresh ears, has some truly uplifting
songs, particularly 'Black Hills Of
Dakota', 'A Woman's Touch', 'Higher Than
A Hawk' and 'Secret Love'. Prepare to be
humming those for weeks after...
The musical really does capture
that Wild West feel too and the sunset
backdrop is almost worth a visit alone.
The entire cast are excellent, great
accents, singing, interaction, it's
obvious that they all get along well,
they really do seem a happy gang of
cowboys and girls. Aladair Harvey (from
Hamilton, just outside of Glasgow)and
Kellie Ryan, in particular, as Wild Bill
Hickok and Katie Brown, almost
steal the show.
But not quite. This is Toyah's
show. Toyah IS Calamity Jane. She
puts so much into the role that even a
seasoned fan, for the duration of the
show, will put aside that it's TW up
there. Toyah really does become Jane for
those two hours onstage; the swagger, the
attitude, and the bravado. She is at the
heart of almost every scene and each
facial expression, gesture and nuance is
captivating. Jane climbs every available
piece of scenery, hangs from the rafters,
is thrown and swung, yet Toyah rarely
stops even to draw breath. Little wonder
she is loking so fit just now.
Jane's journey, from macho
cowgirl to fully fledged woman in love,
is, not only, a bumpy ride, but an
awesome two hours of fun, laughter, tears
and joy. Toyah puts her heart and soul
into playing Calamity Jane and last night
she performed 'Secret Love' with enough
passion and tenderness to melt even the
toughest Glasgow heart.
I'd say Jane is easily the best
role of Toyah's stage career, possibly,
if you'll excuse the cliché, the role
she was born to play. I can't imagine any
other actress playing Jane half as well,
or enjoying being Jane half as much.
Yep, Toyah IS Calamity Jane -
Please don't miss out!
Thanks to Alec, Will and Ed for
a brilliant night:)
PS. If this show doesn't
transfer to the West End or continue to
tour the UK for much, much longer, then
there really is no justice.
2003: 'Calamity Jane' - Second leg opens
tonight in Glasgow
business! - Calamity Jane reopens,
for the second leg of its mammoth
nationwide UK tour, this evening at the
King's Theatre in Glasgow.
Click the pic to the right to
check out Dreamscape's shiny new Calamity
Jane section - Reviews, Gallery,
Quotes, Cast, and much more...
After a nine
week run in 2002, and a break for panto,
Toyah and the large cast and orchestra
are now on the road again right through
until the beginning of April, possibly
the way they'll stop off in Edinburgh,
Canterbury, Darlington, Southend On Sea,
Eastbourne, Leeds, Dartford, Norwich,
Nottingham, and finally Liverpool.
that, who knows? There are rumours of
further dates, a transfer to London's
West End, and even mutterings about
Broadway!! All totally unconfirmed.
2003: Toyah in 'Sunday' magazine + other
| A small
pic of Toyah, circa 2000, appeared in
yesterday's 'Sunday', the News Of The
World's magazine. It was included in an
article titled, erm, 'Who Needs HRT?':
"Experts say managing your
diet and exercising is the best way to
ensure your body is equipped for the
change. Singer Toyah Willcox, 44,
recommends drinking Alpro soya milk,
which is high in isoflavones - a
substance known to ease menopausal
Ready Steady Cook
Food - Monday 27th January : 6.30am
stars take up the challenge to cook a
meal in 20 minutes. In this edition,
singer-songwriter Midge Ure and
broadcaster Toyah Willcox team up with
chefs Antony Worrall Thompson and Lesley
Waters. Presented by Ainsley Harriott.
Toyah received a mention in the latest
update on the 'Kate Bush News' website.
This is in relation to Toyah mentioning,
and being described as best friends with,
Kate in last week's 'Glasgow Herald'
Amazing Animals with Toyah and Beaton
was repeated at the weekend on UK
Horizons. Still haven't managed to see
any of Toyah's TV appearances about
rabbits. Really annoying as I've got a
soft spot for TW and bunnies:)
2003: 'Sunday Post' - Toyah Interview
|Another day, another cool Toyah
Sunday Post' today features a one page
question and answer session, part of
their "The Honest Truth"
series, with everyone's favourite
pop-punkette (I should be writing for a
almost choked on my soya milk when I read
that Toyah's best memory of Scotland is
strolling along Byres Road in Glasgow's
West End. Toyah certainly knows her
'stuff' as Byres Road just happens to be
Glasgow's coolest, friendliest, and most
laidback street. A stomping ground for
me, and every other student with any
enough waffling. Read the full interview
by clicking the pic.
2003: 'Calamity Jane' in Scotland /
| Various Scottish Sunday
newspapers are running this small ad for Calamity
Jane at the Festival Theatre in
It states that
Calamity opens on Tuesday 28th January
NOT the 27th as previously advertised.
Meanwhile, Calamity Jane at the
King's Theatre in Glasgow has virtually
SOLD OUT. The King's stopped running
press advertising for the show weeks ago,
possibly as they didn't need to.
Apparently there are very few tickets
Toyah received a mention on yesterday's
'The Vibe', the music letters page on BBC
Ceefax. The short letter read: "Does
anyone know if a CD will follow the
Christmas Here And Now tour? And does
anyone know if Toyah has a greatest hits
album out? - Maria
2003: 'M' Magazine -Toyah Interview today
interviewed in today's 'M', the magazine
supplement that accompanies the 'Daily
Mirror' each Saturday.
The interview focuses on Toyah's
rebellious teenage years. Reassuringly,
Toyah says that although her outward
physical appearance may now be
conformist, inwardly she is still a
little bit left-of-centre rather than
To read the full interview - click the
2003: Calamity Jane in 'OK!' / Daily
Express 'Saturday' magazines
is given column inches in a couple of
magazines this weekend...
Daily Express 'Saturday'
(18th - 24th January) : Theatre -
whip-crackin'' musical, Calamity Jane,
starring Toyah Willcox (pictured with
Alasdair Harvey), begins touring on
Tuesday at the King's Theatre in Glasgow,
from there the show heads to Edinburgh,
Canterbury, Darlington, Southend,
Eastbourne, Leeds, Dartford, Norwich,
Nottingham and Liverpool.
'Hot Stars' (18th - 24th January) :
Hottest gigs, theatre, dance and
- Calamity Jane : King's Theatre
gives Doris Day a run for her money as
Calamity Jane in Glasgow.
2003: Toyah newsy tit bits...
| Toyah is
Calamity Jane at the Grand this autumn
A rip roaring show featuring
classics such as Windy City. Toyah
Willcox plays sharp shooting heroine
Calamity Jane at the Grand Theatre.
Jane - Monday 3 - Saturday 8 March
action packed, rip roaring show featuring
classics such as The Deadwood Stage and
Windy City. Toyah Willcox plays the sharp
shooting heroine Calamity.
- BBCi Leeds
Ohrbelag - Alternative Radio have been
blasting out 'The Woman Who Had An Affair
With Herself', from Toyah's amazing 1991
album 'Ophelia's Shadow', all this month.
The song is included in their January 03
2003: All new Dreamscape Guestbook
|Just added a new look Guestbook.
Go on, take a look or leave a little
message. Nothing too saucy or obscene,
though, I'm a sensitive soul y'know!!
PS. All the old Guestbook
messages, from the past three years, will
be added to the site as an archive
2003: 'Weekend'/'Woman's Own' - Toyah
|Now online - Toyah interviews
from 'Weekend' magazine (4th January) and
'Woman's Own' (13th January).
Both are interesting Toyah
chats, especially Toyah's interview with
'Weekend' which can best be described as
both by clicking the picture.
2003: "Doesn't she look like Annie
Lennox"! - Toyah @ Google
to Garry Lambie for pointing out
that Google groups have hundreds, if not
thousands, of retro Toyah related
messages. Fascinatingly, some of the
messages date back to 1989, a time when
the internet was still very much in its
Go to http://groups.google.com,
and search for "toyah" or
2003: 'Woman's Own' magazine - Toyah
|Toyah is interviewed in this
weeks 'Woman's Own' magazine, dated 13th
part of the magazine's 'Face of 2003'
contest, includes another new picture
of Toyah, and an entertaining chat
on how she looks so good at 44. Toyah
admits she cuts and colours her own hair!
"I do my hair myself. I haven't had
it cut in two years. I just trim and
colour it at home."
girl! Check back soon for the full
interview, plus last week's
'Weekend' magazine interview too - both
will be added to the Article Archive.
to Alec Kelly for the info about
2003: 'Rock Legends' Screen captures
& transcript added
|Now added to Dreamscape - Over
40 screen captures and full transcript
from the recent Carlton TV, Rock
Legends, documentary on Toyah and her
everyone would rather actually watch the
docu, but I hope the pictures and text
are of interest to those of you who
haven't managed to see the half-hour
special as yet.
2003: Toyah on TV - *Latest
Offer : Challenge TV - Twice Daily
Weekdays : 9.00am & 2.00pm
Offer : UK Style - Each Friday :
A Music War : Sky Movies 1 - Sunday
12th January : 1.30am
Entertainment Biz : BBC Prime -
Friday 17th January : 3.00am
Entertainment Biz : BBC Prime -
Sunday 19th January : 4.00am
and Junkets (Part 4) - The documentary
series about the entertainment industry
focuses on movie marketing. This
programme appraises the multi-million
dollar marketing campaign for
'Independence Day' and follows the
low-budget but resourceful and
imaginative UK relaunch of the cult film
'Quadrophenia'. Stars talk about the
public spectacle of the press junket.
A Music War : Sky Movies 2 - Tuesday
21st January : 00.30am
2003: 'Calamity Jane' - Latest
|Toyah, as Calamity Jane,
graces the cover of Eastbourne Theatres
Spring 2003 brochure.
Calamity Jane plays at
the Congress Theatre in Eastbourne,
beginning 24th February.
Rumour: I've been told, by a reliable
source, that the current run of Calamity
Jane will be extended by a number of
weeks, maybe six. After the final week in
Liverpool at the beginning of April the
cast will break for a few weeks and then
possibly hit the road again, visiting
Sheffield and Wimbledon along the way.
is featured at IC Scotland and British
Airways websites this week:
Scotland - Noone causes a Calamity quite
like Jane By Steven McCombe
King's Theatre will this January take us
away from the damp and dismal weather of
Scotland and over the Black Hills of
Dakota and into the heart of the old Wild
where we'll be treated to whip-cracking
comedy and romanticism from a cowgirl by
the name of Calamity Jane. The pistol
packin' tomboy whips up a storm when she
brings a showgirl to entertain the
female-hungry locals of the Black Hills.
chaos erupts in the Western town because
of mistaken identity, rivalries and
secret assassination attempts in what is
a contrastingly funny, touching and
riotous musical. The production stars the
internationally recognised Toyah Willcox
and includes such great songs as The
Black Hills of Dakota, Just Flew in from
the Windy City and the Oscar-winning
show runs only for a short time between
21st and 25th January 2003 so it's a good
idea to buy tickets ASAP.
Airways - Calamity Jane The Musical,
starring Toyah Willcox and adapted for
the stage by Charles K Freeman, comes to
the Edinburgh Festival Theatre. The music
is by Sammy Fain and lyrics are by Paul
is a tough-talking tomboy who puts her
reputation on the line when she promises
to bring a famous singing star to
Deadwood's Golden Garter Saloon. But
mistaken identity, feminine rivalry and
secret love all conspire against her good
intentions. The audience can hum along to
classic songs like The Deadwood Stage
(Whip-crack-Away!), Windy City and The
Black Hills of Dakota.
2003: Toyah Newsy/Trivia Bits &
episode of Trigger Happy TV that
Toyah appeared in was broadcast on
American TV in December. The hilarious
series, starring Dom Joly, was shown on
featured in the News section of www.RememberTheEighties.com
this week: Toyah has revealed that she
will not be taking part in the
forthcoming Granada TV series that she
describes as a show where "eight
faces of the past are going to tour
America on a tour bus, putting their own
show on in every city. They have to
leaflet their audience into each venue,
get their own costumes, make up etc. Each
week one will be voted off until one
winner is left.". Toyah also
revealed the name of one confirmed
participant, former Spandau Ballet
frontman Tony Hadley.
Ten - Electro Pop was repeated last
night on Channel 4. Included in the Gary
Numan section was a clip from This
Morning in 1997, with Gary and his
wife. His wife said, "When I was 12
I was a huge fan. I wanted to be best
friends with Toyah and to marry
There was a question on Family
Fortunes the other day which asked
for names of pop stars known by their
first name. The contestant buzzed with
Toyah and subsequently got a X. Having
said that, Elvis wasn't included in the
100 people surveyed either!
One True Voice star Daniel Pearce met his
girlfriend when they were both singing
backing vocals for Toyah, ABC and China
Crisis on last year's 'Here & Now'
thanks to Alec Kelly for some
of the above info.
2003: Toyah's Webletter - In a LEAGUE of
|Toyah's first Webletter of 2003
is now online at toyahwillcox.com,
and a very interesting read it is too.
Toyah mentions the Christmas
gifts she gave to her dad and Robert, and
that Robert gave her the complete League
Of Gentlemen collection available on
DVD (I wanted that too, didn't get it
though - squish, squish!).
letter ends with, "I cannot wait to
be in Scotland. Having many happy
memories from filming Aunt Boomerang and
doing the Edinburgh Festival, but above
all the men are to die for."
2003: Toyah/Calamity in 'Glasgow Herald'
|As Glasgow and
Edinburgh get ready for the Calamity
Jane invasion later this month, the
'Glasgow Herald' and 'Evening Times' both
featured Toyah this week.
Another excellent Toyah
interview in Tuesday's 'Herald'.
speaking in Basingstoke last month while
starring in Aladdin, talks more
about Calamity Jane, music,
theatre, life at 44, and 2003 being her
25th year in music.
is actually my 25th year in the business,
so there will be one big concert and a
the full interview by clicking the
to Alec Kelly for this.
Times' included a pic of Toyah in a
feature covering what we can expect at
theatres in the West of Scotland in early
a new year and theatres across the west
of Scotland are already gearing up for
exciting new seasons.
will be bursting with stars over the next
few months, with famous faces joining the
best new talent around.
Willcox, Johnny Vegas, Siobhan Redmond,
Tom Conti, Barbara Rafferty, Rik Mayall,
Jerry Sadowitz and Dylan Moran are just
some of the celebrities heading for the
Ambassador Theatre Group firmly in charge
now at the King's, the spring season is
shaping up to be a cracker.
highlights include Calamity Jane, with
Toyah Willcox. Toyah steps into Doris
Day's shoes as the heroine of Calamity
Jane at the King's Theatre."
2003: 'Toyah - Rock Legends' -
Wonderfully, Shining Bright
|Thanks to my generous pal, Rob
in Stoke, I now have the Carlton
documentary, from which these pictures
include; a great Toyah interview, where
she waxes lyrical about her early music
career for the first time in a loooong
time; clips from various promo videos,
Toyah's very first Top Of The Pops
appearance performing 'It's A Mystery'; a
short clip from the Calamity Jane
stage show; interviews and opinions on
Toyah from Robert Fripp, friend &
hairdresser, Derek Goddard, school pals,
Bina & Gita Jairaj, and Birmingham
music journalist Mike Davies.
possibly sums up the enduring appeal of
Toyah best, and as only he can, "my
little wife is a wonderfully, shining
bright person." The documentary ends
with Toyah, and band, performing the
sublime 'Little Tears Of Love'.
programme is an interesting, long
overdue, and very welcome, quick-flick
through Toyah's music career but I still
hope that one day there will be a really
substantial overview of Toyah's music
achievements. A true follow up to 1980's
ATV Toyah docu. Until then,
though, Rock Legends will do
again to Rob. Check back soon for
a section of screen captures and full
transcript from Rock Legends. If
only there was 30 hours in a day:)
2003: 'Daily Mail' Toyah's Christmas...
to Steff I finally managed to get hold of
the 'Daily Mail' Christmas mini-feature
included in their Saturday 28th December
edition. It details, in words and
pictures, how Toyah, her parents, and
Robert spent Christmas Day.
Toyah, 44, is an actress, singer
and TV presenter. She lives with her
husband, guitarist Robert Fripp, in
Pershore, Worcestershire, and she loves
making a fuss of her parents, who visit
her at Christmas.
1: Fripping heck; Robert bought me
this lovely 18th-century oil painting. Pic
2: Special; We love to treat my
parents, Beric and Barbara, at Christmas.
Pic 3: Starved; Too busy to cook,
we all eat out in the Abbey Tearooms in
Pershore. Pic 4: Light of my life;
Robert with my gifts, some paraffin
lamps. Pic 5: Stocking Surprise;
We had such a great day we forgot some of
our own presents - until 11pm.
again to Steff Sewell (aka Ophelia
'93) for this.
2003: Even more Toyah newsy bits...
Truth About Women, originally from
1998, was repeated last night, yet again,
on ITV2. I switched channels to catch
Toyah exclaiming; "...We'd be
shagging in a doorway"! She also
mentioned that if she had her youth to
relive she would have hundreds of lovers.
Toyah's first website
letter of 2003 should be online at
www.toyahwillcox.com in the next few
days. Thanks to Craig for the info.
2003: Toyah Cover & Interview -
'Daily Mail' WEEKEND Magazine
|What a splendid way the 'Daily
Mail' has chosen to start 2003. The UK
newspaper put Toyah on the cover of their
WEEKEND magazine supplement yesterday
(Saturday 4th January) and featured a
fantastic, and revealing, two page
interview with her inside.
The cover of the magazine
boasts; "Toyah's Story, Toyah
Willcox on fraud, bankruptcy, lost
millions - and earning them all over
stunning new pictures of Toyah accompany
interview is titled "Punk Shock -
Through the 1980's TOYAH WILLCOX reigned
supreme as the high priestess of punk.
But then a trusted business partner
conned her out of her fortune - prompting
a long battle to regain her
frank interview Toyah goes on to say that
she has had botox treatment last April,
"I had it on my cheekbones and had
treatment to regenerate the collagen
under my eyes." Toyah also mentions
that she is planning to have a facelift
sometime this year.
are possibly the biggest revelations in
the interesting chat with Moira Petty.
try to add the complete interview to the
Article Archive sometime soon.
to John, Paul and Steve
for informing me about this.
2003: More Toyah Newsy Bits...
mentioned on 2nd January here are Toyah
and John, pictured in this week's 'OK!'
Magazine (Jan 8th 2003, Issue 348). They
were attending the BBC Animal Awards 2002
The Number One Party, was repeated
last night at 7pm on BBC Choice (soon to
become BBC Three). Toyah was in the
audience of this show (see below for
The Carlton Toyah documentary was
broadcast on Friday night. Thanks to my
pal, Rob in sunny Stoke, who has posted
me a copy, I'll be adding screen captures
and information to Dreamscape sometime
next week, for anyone, who like me,
didn't manage to see it.
Today sees the final performance of Aladdin,
Toyah's very successful panto for
Christmas 2002, at The Anvil in
Basingstoke. Fitting that the panto
should end on 12th Night. Don't forget to
take down your Christmas tree!
2003: 'Aladdin' - Reviewed in THE STAGE
|Aladdin is reviewed this
week by 'The Stage'.
proper pantomime look no further than the
Proper Pantomime Company's production at
the Anvil. Writers Christopher Lillicrap
and Jeanette Ranger are renowned for
providing good family entertainment with
all the traditional trimmings for
Christmas and this script should not
disappoint even the most conventional of
by Christopher Dunham, the show is bold,
bright and boasts some good, corny
moments. Toyah Willcox has boundless
energy in the title role and she stands
out as principal boy, partly though in
Act I because her 'poor boy' costume has
not been designed in synchronisation with
the rest of the Chinese costumes.
aside, the setting of Beijing-stoke is
colourful and in general the characters
are dressed in customary pantomime style,
not least Lillicrap himself as Widow
Twankey in some outrageous outfits.
Earl is good at encouraging audience
participation as Wishee Washee, John
Pennington is the upstanding Emperor,
John Moeketsi Moabi is great as the hip
Genie of the Lamp and Kim Harvey makes
the most of her role as the Genie of the
roles are played by Stephen Paget
(Abanaza), Carolyn Sinnett as Lou-Lou the
Panda, Ian Sharp (Vizier), Kellie Ryan as
Princess Jasmine, Victoria Nalder and
'The Stage' website by clicking the
picture above. Many thanks to Susan
Hailes from 'The Stage' for letting
me know about this review.
2003: Toyah New Year Newsy Bits &
Toyah in the audience of yesterday
afternoon's It's The Number One Party,
a celebration of 40 years of UK
chart-topping singles, on BBC1. Toyah
boogied her socks off to Madness, Nancy
Sinatra, Steve Harley, Chrissie Hynde
& UB40, Dr & The Medics, and, er,
Gareth Gates, among others.
Toyah, and John (Ruby,
The Club Stoke), are pictured in the new
edition of 'OK! Magazine', page 141.
Picture to appear here shortly I hope.
Apparently Toyah was featured in last
Saturday's 'Daily Mail' (though not in
the Scottish version) in an article about
how certain celebs celebrated their
Urgh! A Music War : Sky Movies 1 -
Saturday 12th January : 1.30am.
Documentary film looking at some of the
best sounds from the early 80s, with
punk, new wave, reggae and techno
represented by contemporary groups such
as Wall of Voodoo, Sting, Toyah Willcox,
Belinda Carlisle and OMD.
For those lucky people in the
Carlton/Central region, don't forget the
'Rock Legends' Toyah Documentary is
broadcast tomorrow night, ITV1 at
2003: December Was
|I hope everyone
had a fantabulous Christmas and, if in
the UK, managed to catch Toyah on the box
at least once in between opening
presents, eating lots, and having the
occasional festive sherry.
Christmas Eve morning got off to
a fine start with Toyah narrating
"Joanna's Christmas", a story
from Norway, in From Far And Near.
And on 27th December Toyah, accompanied
by my good friend John (aka Ruby),
appeared on BBC1's Animal Awards 2002.
A great show, highlighting the fact that
there are still many people who do care
about animal welfare in the cruel and
two of Toyah's many TV appearances over
to the official Toyah website's
E-Newsletter also received a nice
surprise on Christmas afternoon, a lovely
E-card featuring TW as santa - Thanks
hope 2003, Toyah's 25th year in music,
the 20th anniversary of 'Love Is
The Law', Trafford Tanzi and The
Ebony Tower, is as Toyah filled as
2002 has been.
A very Happy
New Year from Dreamscape.