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Christmas 2019: Day 5: Unwrapped Gift Appeal

December 5th, 2019

Christmas 2010, Toyah helped launch the Unwrapped Gift Appeal at a Worcestershire branch of Oxfam with her fellow Sleeping Beauty cast members.

Toyah Willcox and other stars of the Sleeping Beauty pantomime, which is currently running at Malvern Theatres, joined forces with Archie the Oxfam goat to launch the charity’s range of Christmas gifts at the Oxfam shop in Church Street, Malvern, on Thursday.

Ms Willcox, children’s TV presenter Derek Moran, panto stalwart Charles Burden and stage star Wendy Purdy were all on hand to unveil the festive range. The Oxfam Unwrapped gift scheme is used by the international charity to help communities living in poverty around the world.

Christmas 2019: Day 4: Toyah & Messenger at Liberty

December 4th, 2019

christmas2018dA little, albeit unconventional, retail therapy at one of London’s top department stores made the fourth festive season of the 80s a very memorable one for Toyah fans and viewers of Good Morning Britain on TVAM.

Christmas 1983, Toyah, and her Brave New World video co-star Messenger, went early Christmas shopping in November… Pop singer and actress Toyah Willcox has always wanted to do her Christmas shopping on horseback! With a little help from TV-am’s ‘Fantasy Time’, and Liberty London in Regent Street, Toyah rode a white horse called Messenger through the store.

• Watch the full TVAM clip at Toyah’s Official You Tube channel and click below to see larger versions of the screen captures of Toyah and Messenger.

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Christmas 2019: Day 3: The Great British Panto

December 3rd, 2019

Christmas 2016, saw Toyah Willcox and the Great British Panto take place. The festive event was held at the Victoria & Albert Museum, aka the V&A, London. A fascinating event, with Toyah discussing the history, origins and traditions of pantomime, as well as her own 20-year panto career.

Toyah Willcox’s career has encompassed chart-hits, novels and roles on stage and screen, from working at the National Theatre to cult-classic Quadrophenia. She is also a celebrated pantomime performer, having spent many a season playing a variety of roles from Principal Boy to Wicked Queen. Join her as part of the V&A’s Christmas Festivities as she celebrates one of her and Britain’s best loved artforms.

Toyah will be in conversation with Senior Curator and Pantomime Editor of the British Theatre Guide, Simon Sladen. (Photos © Damon King)

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Christmas 2019: Day 2: Re-Joyce (In The Bleak Midwinter)

December 2nd, 2019

Christmas 2010, and The Hazel O’Connor Collective, which included Toyah as one of the main vocalists, released the charity single – written by Hazel O’Connor – Re-Joyce (In The Bleak Midwinter). Proceeds from the single went to Myton Hospice in Coventry where Hazel’s mum, Joyce, received care and treatment for cancer.

The track was also released on CD, and alongside the main single mix, some special solo versions were also released digitally, including Toyah’s. Re-Joyce (In The Bleak Midwinter) reached the Top 10 of the Amazon UK Music/Singles chart at Christmas 2010.

It’s December: Dreamscape Christmas 2019: Day 1

December 1st, 2019

Welcome to December. It’s Dreamscape’s 20th Christmas…

… and we are digging out some of our old, but treasured, decorations to celebrate the final festive season of the 2010s!

Just like every December for the past two decades Dreamscape will be counting down every day until Christmas Eve with festive content, and not only that, it’ll be festive Toyah content. Yup, really!

There’ll be lots of past Christmassy bits & pieces but some new stuff too. Join us every day for the next 24 for Christmas related updates – photos, info, trivia, memories and news. As well as details on any TV appearances for Toyah during December.

Christmas 2018: Toyah tweeted a sensational photo taken at Fistral Bay in Newquay: “Rocking out the storm at Fistral Bay”. A great start to definitely the best month of the year! (Photo © Toyah Willcox)

Live 2018: The SAS Band All-Star Christmas Special

December 1st, 2018

Toyah’s third gig of the week with The SAS Band is the 6th annual All Star Christmas Special, taking place tonight at GLive in Guildford.

Fabbagirls have shined their boots and Princess of Punk Toyah, Justin Hawkins of The Darkness and rock powerhouses Patti Russo, Chris Thompson and Tony Vincent are ready to blow the roof off of GLive Guildford TONIGHT! Last tickets available – click below to book.

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Returning to G Live for their 6th annual Christmas Special, Queen’s MD and keyboardist Spike Edeny has invited some of his rockstar and musician friends to join him and his All-Star Band to help launch the festive season!  Performing their biggest hits and many more… this year’s line-up will include:

Charismatic frontman of The Darkness, Justin Hawkins – hits include I Believe In A Thing Called Love and Christmas Time, TOYAH – It’s A Mystery, Thunder In The Mountains and I Want To Be Free, Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band) – Blinded By The Light and returning by popular demand, Rock powerhouse Patti Russo (Meatloaf/Cher) and Tony Vincent (of We Will Rock You!).

The Fabbagirls, Susie Webb and Zoe Nicholas, will be opening the show for at 7.45pm. They were the original singers of Bjorn Again and are truly considered one of the best Abba Tribute acts. Even Abba has said they like them!

This is a night for real music lovers and it’s advised to book early, as this show always sells out!

Dreamscape Advent Calendar 2018: Day 1

December 1st, 2018

christmas2018fWelcome to December, and to Dreamscape’s 19th consecutive year of celebrating Christmas, and Toyah at Christmas, online.

We will be adding a festive update each day in the count down/run up to Christmas, right through until Christmas Eve.

As well as news on any TV appearances for Toyah during December.

It had become something of a tradition to see Toyah on Vintage TV each December, spreading Yuletide cheer and festive tunes, but unfortunately the music channel is currently not included in the television schedules but could be returning soon according to their website.

Christmas 2014, and Dreamscape’s Toyah fanzine produced a couple of festive issues, including a mini-issue dedicated to Toyah’s appearance on ITV’s Pop Goes Christmas back in 1982, when I Believe In Father Christmas was performed by Toyah, Joel Bogen and Keith Hale.

Of course the song – Toyah’s cover of Greg Lake’s classic Christmas single originally released in 1975 – would go on to be included on the Mayhem compilation album, released by, Toyah’s former record label, Safari Records in 1985 and also made available as a digital single in December 2012.  Toyah’s rendition of I Believe In Father Christmas is now as much a part of a Toyah fan’s Christmas as the tree and fairy lights!

Below is the cover and a selection of pages from the aforementioned Christmas 2014 fanzine.

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