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Edinburgh Evening News: 80s Icons Return to Playhouse

March 3rd, 2017

een16aPunk Princess Toyah Willcox is all set to roll back the years at the Playhouse on Sunday when she leads the 80’s Invasion Tour to the Capital, in the company of Paul Young, Martika and China Crisis.

The four iconic artists from the decade that fashion forgot will be performing on the same bill together for the first time, so expect a raft of familiar hits.

Toyah has had a incredibly diverse career over the years with major hit records and many stage and screen roles to her credit, but it was in the 80s that she became one of Britain’s biggest household names.

• Continue reading at the Edinburgh Evening News.

Edinburgh EN: Ieya! Toyah is Ready to Invade Edinburgh… Again

September 13th, 2016

een16aHard to believe, I know, but my hair was once orange. Bright orange. It wasn’t meant to be. It was supposed to be blonde, but the dying process failed miserably, hence the Tangoed mullet. It was July 1982. I was 18 and stupidly excited as I had front row tickets to see Toyah a couple of days later at the Playhouse. The ‘hair-don’t’ proved serendipitous; when Toyah bounced on stage we appeared to have shared the same bottle of dye.

That was my introduction to the force of nature that is Toyah Willcox.

…Towards the end of that Playhouse gig, the front two rows ended sitting cross-legged up on stage as the elfin star danced around us belting out the classic Ieya.. actually, it might have been Danced … or maybe even Race Through Space, my favourite.

• Continue reading at the Edinburgh Evening News.

Toyah at Jubilee Premiere, Edinburgh in 1978

September 13th, 2016

Great article, by Liam Rudden, in yesterday’s Edinburgh Evening News (see above), which also solved the longtime “mystery” of this photo – “No stranger to Edinburgh, one of Toyah’s earliest visits was in May 1978, when she caught up with Colin Chisholm of Bilbo Baggins (pictured) for the premiere of Jubilee.” – Thanks Liam

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Edinburgh Evening News: No Mystery To Toyah’s Success

October 29th, 2014

een14cShe may be 56 and stand a mere 5ft 1in tall, but there’s no denying that actress, singer and TV presenter Toyah Willcox remains a powerhouse of energy on stage. Last Friday, her 1979 track Danced proved just that… and no doubt left more than a few of us in the audience with sore ankles the next day, having stupidly joined in with the bouncing. We are old enough to know better.

Actually, it’s hard to believe that is 32 years since I went to my first Toyah gig – The 1982 Changeling Tour at the Playhouse, for those who may have been there. Back then she easily sold out the 3000 seater… and I had dyed orange hair. Friday was a more intimate affair and all the better for it… I’ll pass on a hair update.

• Continue reading at the Edinburgh Evening News.

Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

February 27th, 2014

een14bEdinburgh Evening News: Enjoy the creative genius of Jarman: Liam Rudden: Like many of my generation, it was the 1978 film Jubilee that introduced me to the work of film-maker, artist and gardener, Derek Jarman. Now considered a cult classic, it featured a very young Toyah Willcox, equally youthful Adam Ant, and starred Jenny Runacre and Edinburgh’s own Ian Charleson – Continue reading…

Flexipop! Facebook: Toyah had a decent showing in the Top Tens you sent in for the Flexipop! Readers’ Ultimate Top 40 Singles Of The 80′s Chart with Thunder In The Mountains being the most popular choice. Released in 1981, it was her eighth UK single and not included on an album at the time – Continue reading…

Sounds Of The 80s: View a full transcript of Toyah’s recent BBC Radio 2 interview at The Toyah Willcox Interview Archive…

Get Bucks: Bowie fan celebrates Friars anniversary after catching the star’s shirt: The exhibition also features… the classic double neck guitar used by Genesis founder Mike Rutherford, Howard Jones’s 1983 Moog keyboard rig, and an amplifier used by U2, a stage costume worn by Toyah Willcox, and Lol Coxhill’s saxophones – Continue reading…

Edinburgh Evening News: 20th Anniversary Celebration Of Filmmaker

February 14th, 2014

een14aThe collaboration celebrates the life and work of Jarman in a year that marks the 20th anniversary of his death.

Jarman died in 1994, aged just 52, but his legacy lives on. In the 20 years since, his films have lost none of their relevance and remain influential, with public interest increasing substantially in recent years.

Edinburgh also plays a key role in Jarman’s fascinating story, as he brought several films – starting with The Tempest – to the Edinburgh’s International Film Festival.

With the help of the British Film Institute, the film season will include features such as Caravaggio, The Tempest, The Angelic Conversation, War Requiem, Jubilee, Wittgenstein, The Garden, Blue, The Last of England, Edward II and Glitterbug, alongside more experimental films and rarely seen shorts.

• Continue reading at the Edinburgh Evening News.