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The Guardian: Jubilee Review

November 8th, 2017

guardian17bJubilee review – rude and raucous return for Jarman’s punk pageant

Chris Goode directs Toyah Willcox in a wild reimagining of Derek Jarman’s film about a time-travelling queen and a generation with no future

‘Welcome to Jubilee,” says Amyl Nitrate near the start of Chris Goode’s reimagining of Derek Jarman’s 1978 punk movie. The straight-talking Amyl, played on stage by the mesmerising transgender performer Travis Alabanza, tells us what to expect: “An iconic film most of you have never heard of, adapted by an Oxbridge twat for a dying medium, spoiled by millennials, ruined by diversity, and constantly threatening to go interactive.”   That just about sums it up, and if you go with the flow you will be taken on a wild theatrical experience that knows exactly what it is doing, even at its most cracked, rude and raucous. This is smart work, spikily and lovingly performed.

Toyah Willcox, who starred in Jarman’s original film, sounds cheekily like Judi Dench in the role of Queen Elizabeth I, presiding over a day trip to the future conjured by court astrologer Dr Dee (Harold Finley).

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The Guardian: The Unmissable Theatre of Autumn 2017

October 12th, 2017

theguardian15aJubilee – Derek Jarman’s chaotic and giddily incendiary punk classic is reimagined and updated for the stage by Chris Goode, 40 years after it first appeared in cinemas. One of the original cast members, Toyah Willcox, returns, this time taking on the role of a time-travelling Elizabeth I who finds herself in a contemporary London where girl gangs rampage across the streets and order has given way to violence.

Royal Exchange, Manchester (box office: 0161-833 9833), 2-18 November.

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The Guardian: Jubilee To Be Reignited On Stage

June 7th, 2017

guardian17aDerek Jarman’s punk classic Jubilee to be reignited on stage  

Toyah Willcox plays the time-travelling Elizabeth I in the Royal Exchange’s version of the film that caused outrage after 1977’s silver jubilee

Derek Jarman’s anarchic punk film Jubilee is to be adapted for the stage with a cast including Toyah Willcox who made her screen debut in the original version 40 years ago. Willcox played the cackling pyromaniac Mad, a member of a girl gang whose fights, orgies and random acts of cruelty are witnessed by Queen Elizabeth I when she is magically transported to the 1970s. The new stage version, which will open at Manchester’s Royal Exchange theatre this November, casts Willcox in the role of the time-travelling queen.

“At the time it was made, it was utterly outrageous,” says Willcox of the film, which she describes as the tale of “women who are trying to kind of kill everything that controls them or that has exploited them. It’s a very resonant story today. Nothing’s changed except the technology.” The stage version will be firmly set in the modern day, with the script updated throughout the show’s run to acknowledge current events.

“If there’s something noteworthy in the news at 1pm, hopefully you’ll be hearing a reference to it in the show in the evening,” says Chris Goode, the show’s director. Goode, who first saw Jarman’s film as a teenager and has been influenced by the DIY punk ethos throughout his theatre career, added: “We didn’t want our version to be an exercise in nostalgia. Part of the impulse was thinking about where punk is at now.”

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The Guardian: Thursday’s Best TV: Film Choice

March 17th, 2016

theguardian15aWill Brand manage a 20-mile-a-day hike from the Humber Bridge to Liverpool? Does it matter who pulled the trigger if your father is gunned down? And would you trust Neil Morrissey with your life?

Plus: the Who’s rock opera Quadrophenia.

Quadrophenia (Franc Roddam, 1979), 12.15am, ITV4
Roddam’s screen version of the Who’s rock opera is an excellent recreation of a seedy, sultry, angry time – the mods v rockers seaside clashes of 1964. Phil Daniels leads the way as Jimmy, a pill-popping rebel on a scooter, and there are vigorous performances from Ray Winstone, Leslie Ash, Sting and Toyah Willcox. Plus, of course, Pete Townshend’s explosive music.

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The Guardian: Aaaaaaaah! – Not All Video On Demand Is Rubbish

October 16th, 2015

theguardian15aThe world of VOD is sometimes seen as the bargain bin of film but new services like Frightfest Presents and its new ape drama might be about to change all that

British comedy stalwart Steve Oram’s directorial debut Aaaaaaaah! sees a host of famous faces (Toyah Willcox included) occupy a world in which human beings act like apes, their social graces eradicated and all known language replaced by a series of unintelligible grunts. So far, so kooky, but from the opening moments of the film – in which Oram’s character weepily urinates over a photo of his ex-wife – Aaaaaaaah! reveals itself as something much more tender than its offbeat premise might imply.

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The Guardian: Aaaaaaaah! Review – Satire of Beastly Behaviour

September 11th, 2015

guardian15aSteve Oram’s entertaining drama imagines a world populated by vile beasts who look like humans but behave like apes

The directorial debut of Sightseers star Steve Oram is a singular item of monkey business that imagines a world populated by vile beasts who look like humans, but think, act and converse like apes. Shot for peanuts (or bananas) around decidedly trusting souls’ flats, the result often resembles an actors’ body-language workshop run amok, but between the territory-marking and leg-humping – funny on some primal level – a narrative and wounded psychology does evolve.

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Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

September 8th, 2015

theguardian15aThe Guardian: This Week’s New Films: AAAAAAAAH! (18) (Steve Oram, 2015, UK) Steve Oram, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Toyah Willcox. 79 mins – In this highly original comic horror fable from Sightseers co-writer and actor Steve Oram, modern-day London is populated by a tribe of grunting, ape-like humans – Continue reading…

Derby Telegraph: The Flowerpot celebrate 20 years of live music at the venue with an enticing autumn season: RAW Promotions celebrate 20 years of bringing great live music to The Flowerpot , in King Street, Derby, with a landmark autumn season which launches tonight. It kicks off this evening with late 1970s mod revival band Secret Affair and over the next four months goes on to feature 70s/80 punk starlet Toyah Willcox – Continue reading…

Brutal As Hell: Festival News: Full Line-Up for Mayhem 2015 Revealed: It sure is horror festival season here in the UK – we’ve got another line-up to reveal today, from the fine folks at Mayhem. We’ve already gawped at the amazing unmade Dracula script-reading that the Nottingham festival has planned, and now they’ve revealed their full schedule and cor, is it good… – in addition to the previously announced opening and closing films, Aaaaaaaah! and The Invitation – Continue reading…

Metro: 21 things you only know if you grew up in East Kent: It was once known as the Garden of England, and even though it has lost the title now, you have fond memories of a bucolic childhood – taking long walks in Bluebell Wood and summer days at Minnis Bay – There was Howletts Zoo, the Whitstable Oyster Festival and a fading soap actor starring in the panto to turn on the Christmas lights. We had Toyah Willcox once, and Wizadora – Continue reading…

The Guardian: Next Week’s Radio

July 12th, 2014

guardian13cMusical moment of the week comes in John Shuttleworth’s Lounge Music (Sunday, 7.15pm, Radio 4) in which he welcomes guests to his lovely home, offers them a cup of tea, demonstrates his less-than-complete mastery of his electronic keyboard, and tries to stop them being bothered by his manager Ken in the conservatory. In a regular feature called Under The Covers, guests are invited to perform one of their host’s tunes. This week, cockney songsmith Chas Hodges chooses Shopkeepers In The North, John’s poignant meditation on the relative merits of the retail experience above and below the Wash, and he plays and sings it with the delicacy and accomplishment you would expect from somebody who’s been in bands since before the Beatles. Future guests being warned to watch the sharp edges on the wicker furniture will include Toyah Willcox and Leee John. They’ll have to go some to better Chas.

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The Guardian: London Fashion In The 80s Remembered

July 10th, 2013

guardian13cA new show at the V&A celebrates the creativity of the 80s clubbing and fashion scenes in London. We find out what inspired the decade’s cool kids. We asked those who were there about dressing up, making images and dancing till dawn.

Toyah Willcox on the pop wardrobe: “Melissa Caplan made my costumes from the 70s to the mid-80s. I was very influenced by futurism and reading a lot of Marge Piercy. Look and image were very important – there was already incredible pressure to look feminine and sexy but I wanted to look individual and strong. I didn’t have any role models except Little Nell from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I remember stepping out on to the stage in 1981 at Hammersmith Odeon and seeing row after row of people looking identical. Every image I created was like setting a fire off in someone’s mind.”
Toyah Willcox is a singer and actor

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Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

June 1st, 2013

You Tubing with Dreamscape: Just uploaded a collection of clips of Toyah from the documentary Glam & Glitter, which originally aired on Channel 5 back in 2001. Toyah speaks briefly about David Bowie, Marc Bolan, Alice Cooper and The Sweet.

Live At Kings Place: It appears that the, just released, Weekend Guitar Trio/Toyah/Jan Bang live album is now being shipped to the UK. Get your copy here. It’s also available as a download. (Thanks to Larwi)

The Herald: A Taste of Parka Life: Review: Film – Quadrophenia (18): The film many of us never tire of is playing at the, wonderful, GFT (Glasgow Film Theatre) tomorrow afternoon.

Viva Lifestyle: Win Tickets to Tatton Park Picnic Concert 2013 – Headliners Include The Human League & Katherine Jenkins. Toyah has also been cofirmed for this. Go here to enter the competition.

K9 Stole My Trousers: Toyah is mentioned the publicity blurb for Bob Baker’s, soon to be published, autobiography: A stalwart of HTV, Bob has worked with Sir Laurence Olivier, Leonard Rossiter, Ron Moody, Toyah Willcox and Trevor Eve. (Thanks to James Armstrong)

Still The Beast Is Feeding: Forty Years Of Rocky Horror: Toyah contributed an interview to this new book, by Rob Bagnall and Phil Barden, celebrating the fortieth anniversary of The Rocky Horror Show which has now been published by Telos. It chronicles the extraordinary history, continued evolution and enduring legacy of this immortal stage show/film. Toyah talks about her personal memories of the phenomenon and about joining the Royal Court Tribute concert. (Source: Official Toyah Facebook)

The Guardian: Music Weekly Podcast: Pete Paphides is among us once more, rustling through his comprehensive back-catalogue of pop papers. This week, he returns to the early 80s, and learns a little too much about Toyah in his Parallel History of Pop.

BBC Radio Essex: Read a full transcript of Toyah’s recent interview on Mark Punter’s show at The Toyah Willcox Interview Archive.

Live 2013: Festival/Gigs Press

May 12th, 2013

The Guardian: Music Festivals Guide 2013
Information and lineups for the UK’s best family festivals
Upton Music Festival: When: 23-25 August, Where: Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire, What: Local acts and retro stars, Who: Slade, the Troggs, Toyah Willcox, the Wurzels, How much: Weekend camping £67.50, teen (13-17) £20.

UK Festival Guides: Tatton Park Special Guests Announced
Three very special guests have just been announced for this year’s Tatton Park Picnic Concerts 2013. In what is lining up to be a truly spectacular night, 80’s superstars Howard Jones and Toyah Willcox will be joining Saturday’s headliners The Human League.

Indie London: Tatton Park Picnic Concerts 2013: Howard Jones, Toyah Willcox and Amore to support
Howard Jones and Toyah Willcox will be joining Saturday’s headliners The Human League at the Tatton Park Picnic Concerts 2013.

The Guardian: Toyah Willcox: My Family Values

March 22nd, 2013

Toyah is the subject of the latest “My Family Values” series in The Guardian today. A poignant interview.

The actor and singer talks about not getting on with her mother, but idolising her father

My father was having a dirty weekend in Weston-super-Mare with a woman he was engaged to when he saw my mother and fell in love with her. He pursued her for about 14 months, followed her around the country and proposed to her. He was nine years older than her when they got married, and she was pregnant immediately, aged 19, and I think she regretted it.

My early family life was incredibly happy but I was very, very protected and very much living in a bubble.

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Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

February 14th, 2013

The Guardian: From Rock’s Backpages: Toyah is namechecked in a newly published retro article at ‘The Guardian’: Neil Tennant on the 1985 Brits – a classic feature from the vaults: The Brits are coming! We’re marking the annual bunfest by reliving Neil Tennant’s visit to the 1985 ceremony for Smash Hits, courtesy of Rock’s Backpages – the world’s leading archive of vintage music journalism… Photographers are in a frenzy in the foyer snapping anyone remotely famous, like Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, Howard and Jan Jones, Meat Loaf, Toyah …

The Brit Awards: Check out Toyah in the “History” section of The Brits website.

Media Molecule: On Tuesday evening Google News were listing that over 100 online articles were currently mentioning Toyah and ‘It’s A Mystery’ in relation to the Media Molecule teaser game page. Even the IMDb got in on the action.

Birmingham Post: Star names of stage and screen pay tribute to 100-year-old Birmingham Rep – Another press report on the Birmingham Rep’s Centenary.

Toyah News Briefs

December 13th, 2012

Sensational: Toyah tweeted earlier today: “Just learned SENSATIONAL off Crim Queen is being used 4 national ad campaign 4 next 12months from 26th dec, fronted by national actress”

• Read a transcript of Toyah’s ‘BBC 6Music’ Steve Lamacq’s Rock College “Guest Lecture” (broadcast on 22nd November, more info here) at The Toyah Willcox Interview Archive.

• There are now even more chances to watch Toyah’s Christmas at the Zoo on Vintage TV. As well as airing tomorrow at 5pm and twice on Saturday (1.30pm/11pm) it is also on next Tuesday (18th Dec @ 7.30pm), as well as 21st Dec @ 9pm, 22nd Dec @ 1am and another seven times between 23rd and 29th December!

Brookside Most Memorable Moments: The newly released DVD celebrating the 30th anniversary of Britain’s finest soap – Toyah is namechecked in a review by The Guardian. Not only that but the mention is related to Karen Grant, one of the best characters.