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 Mon 28th May, 2007: 'Greased Lightnin' - Screen caps
• More screen captures from Toyah's guest appearance on Saturday night's Greased Lightnin' - The Result on ITV2.

[ Greased Lightnin' - Sat 26th May 2007 ]

 Mon 28th May, 2007: 'Greased Lightnin' - Screen caps
• A selection of screen captures from Toyah's guest appearance on Saturday night's Greased Lightnin' - The Result on ITV2.

[ Greased Lightnin' - Sat 26th May 2007 ]

 Fri 25th May, 2007: 'Bexhill Observer' - Toyah at Battle Abbey Proms
[ Bexhill Observer ]Singer, actor, writer, children's TV favourite, presenter, reality television star - there is no doubt that Toyah Willcox has enjoyed a successful and diverse career.

And after 30 years in showbiz, there is no sign of the mutli-talented Toyah slowing down, as she prepares to embark on a series of English Heritage Picnic Concerts with other famous faces from the 1980's, which will be arriving at Battle Abbey later this summer.

The 80's icon said: "I have the same commitment for everything I do and the fact I'm a 49-year-old woman who is still incredibly successful in business is amazing.
"I'm still on stage, I have got bookings around the world, I'm making two albums and of that I'm very proud.

"The fact is most people hit 30 and think it's over."

Since 1977, Toyah has enjoyed huge success as a singer, both as a solo artist and with numerous bands. She has also appeared in a number of films including Quadrophenia and Jubilee, as well as alongside Katherine Hepburn in The Corn Is Green. And her theatre credits include Midsummer Night's Dream, Peter Pan, Sally Bowles in the West End revival of Cabaret and the starring role in the critically acclaimed Calamity Jane.

But despite all these roles and numerous others, Toyah still feels she can achieve more in her acting career. She said: "There's been lots of acting, although I feel my acting career has yet to happen.

"Although I have done lots, I still feel there's loads I want to do."

Toyah is currently writing several dramas, with one featuring a character she would personally love to play.

"There's character I am creating for a TV series at the moment and she is an ex-alcoholic psychic and she's also psychotic!" she laughs. "I love the idea of someone with all this power and can't handle it."

On top of the music and acting, Toyah has won over a new generation of fans, thanks to her appearance on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and voicing the introduction on kids TV show The Teletubbies. Toyah has many fond memories of Battle after recording her second album, The Blue Meaning, in the town.

And in 1983 she visited Hastings for the filming of the straight-to-video movie Murder - Ultimate Grounds for Divorce, alongside Roger Daltrey and Toyah's Quadrophenia co-star Leslie Ash.

She is looking forward to returning to 1066 country for Party! at Battle Abbey on Saturday August 25, appearing alongside Bananarama, Belinda Carlisle, Midge Ure, T'Pau and Nick Heyward.

Toyah said: "I love these concerts. They're an absolute delight and it's pure nostalgia."

Speaking about her fellow performers, Toyah added: "We are all such good friends and we all work together a lot and I have to say I adore all of them because they have written such classics.

"I adore their music, especially Belinda Carlisle's, so I'm going to be having great fun."

• Tickets for Party!, on Saturday August 25, starting at 7.30pm, cost £29 (concessions £27).Tickets for the Last Night of the Battle Abbey Proms, starring Lesley Garrett, on Sunday August 26, starting at 7.30pm, cost £24 (concessions £22).
For tickets, call See on 0870 890 0146 or Ticketmaster on 0870 333 6206.
Alternatively, visit www.picnicconcerts.com

[ News Souce: www.bexhilltoday.co.uk - Wed 23rd May 2007 ]

 Fri 25th May, 2007: 'Reading Arts' - Talk to Toyah!
[ Reading Arts : Talk to Toyah! ]We are delighted to announce Toyah Willcox is playing Jack in this years Hexagon panto Jack and The Beanstalk.

We have a unique opportunity to quiz Toyah about her unique career that includes being a punk icon, star of films and West End Musicals and even a stint in the jungle!

If you have a question for Toyah email the Panto team and we will do the rest*. 

*Your question will be filmed for future promotional use 

[ Source: www.readingarts.com - Fri 18th May 2007 ]

 Fri 25th May, 2007: Toyah on TV
Toyah will guest on this Saturday's Greased Lightin' on ITV2:

Holly Willoughby brings you the latest gossip and exclusive interviews with the judges and contestants as another couple are sent home. Tonight, Toyah Willcox joins Holly in the studio (exclusive to ITV2).

Greasd Lightin': Results : ITV2 - Saturday 26th May : 9.25pm
Greased Lightin': Results : ITV2 Plus 1 - Saturday 26th May - 10.25pm

 Fri 25th May, 2007: Blackpool Pride - More pictures
• A couple more pictures of Toyah at Blackpool Pride:

[ Saturday 19th May 2007 ]

Please click on the pictures to visit Paul Lomas' MySpace to view a clip of Toyah performing 'Echo Beach' last Saturday.

[ Thanks to Glyn Whelan for the pics ]

 Fri 25th May, 2007: Jack & The Beanstalk 2007
• It isn't even June but The Hexagon, Reading, are already preparing to welcome Toyah, playing Jack, this coming festive season!

We are delighted to announce the 2007/2008 pantomime is Jack And The Beanstalk.
Starring Toyah Willcox and Chris Lillicrap this years panto is set to be the best ever!

Booking is now open and there is a special early bird family rate of £12 a ticket if you book and pay before 1st August 2007. The Proper Pantomime Company follow the success of Aladdin with the spectacular children's favourite Jack and The Beanstalk. Starring Toyah and Chris Lillicrap with Harvey James returning after his crowd pleasing antics as Wishee Washee in Aladdin.

Sat 8th Dec 2007 - Sun 6th Jan 2008
Early Bird Family £12 a ticket (4 tickets max 2 adults)available until 1st August 2007
Off Peak performances: £12 - £18
Peak Performances: £12 - £19.50
All January performances all tickets £10

 Mon 21st May, 2007: Blackpool Pride - Pic
• A great pic of Toyah, looking gorgeous, onstage at Saturday's 'Blackpool Pride'.

[ Saturday 19th May 2007 ]

[ Thanks to Glyn Whelan - more pics soon ]

 Sun 20th May, 2007: Blackpool Pride - Setlist/Info
Toyah's (short but sweet) setlist from last night's 'Blackpool Pride' PA:

Echo Beach
It's A Mystery
Sweet Child 'O' Mine
I Want To Be Free

She was wearing black jacket, with four silver starfish on, and black boots.

[ Thanks to Paul Lomas ]

 Sat 19th May, 2007: Toyah @ 'Blackpool Pride 2007' - Tonight!
• Toyah plays the 'Blackpool Pride 2007' event this evening. She is scheduled to appear at 8.30pm on the Main Stage at the Pier Theatre.

[ Blackpool Pride 2007 ]

This is the second Blackpool Pride and this year is under the banner "Born Free". Toyah, and the other evening singers/bands, are billed as "Born Free - The Concert".

Have a great time all those who are going along, say hi to Toyah, wish her a belated Happy Birthday, and if possible take a pic for Dreamscape ;o))

 Sat 19th May, 2007: Little Tears Of Love/My Generation
• Check out Paul Lomas' Toyah Willcox MySpace for two great clips, 'Little Tears Of Love' and 'My Generation', from her Butlins gig last month.

[ Little Tears Of Love/My Generation @ Butlins ]

[ Thanks to Paul - Paul's Toyah MySpace ]

 Sat 19th May, 2007: Toyah @ 'The Club' 2007
• An alternative flyer/ad for Toyah's upcoming PA at The Club in Stoke.

[ Toyah @ The Club 2007 - Alternative flyer/ad ]

See our News update from Saturday 21st April for the first flyer.

[ Thanks to John - www.theclub-stoke.co.uk ]

 Fri 18th May, 2007: 'Manchester Evening News' - Toyah's Open Book
[ Manchester Evening News - 17th May 2007 ]Even before that chirpy voice greets me, I feel I already know more than anyone has a right to know about Toyah Willcox .

I know she was so certain she didn't want children that she was sterilised 20 years ago. I know she has one of showbiz's more unconventional marriages, husband, guitarist Robert Fripp living and working in the US while her home - where the couple meet up periodically - is in Worcestershire.

I know she had a facelift in 2004, because she wrote a book about it. And I know she has a tense relationship with her mother because Willcox tells us so among the home truths in a frank online diary.

Apparently, Willcox accepted years ago that if her life is an open book, no one need go digging to find any secret chapters.

"I don't get pestered by the press. I don't have problems with the paparazzi. There just haven't been any problems because honesty is disarming."

Now she wants to bare her soul about something else - the topic of women growing old. "I feel very strongly that no one talks about the journey a woman makes from the age of 48 to 60. It's a mammoth journey," says Willcox, who is 49 tomorrow. "In Inuit culture, it is the most powerful part of a woman's life. In western culture, it is deemed as the hag, the termagant. But it is phenomenally exciting and challenging.

"In the west, the menopause is seen as some horrendous illness, but it's there for a reason. Women become infertile physically, but mentally I believe we become more fertile. I'm fascinated about that. I've never felt more ready to sit down and write than at this age."

So why, if she is so comfortable with the passing years, did Toyah undergo a facelift after her 2003 stint in the I'm A Celebrity jungle drew catty comments about her haggard appearance?

"I had the facelift to look well," she replies. "I was incredibly healthy, but I was looking as if I was terminally ill. I didn't want people looking at me for the rest of my life asking if I was OK. My surgery was purely to freshen me up." So, it is no surprise to hear her say that the best time of her life is right now.

"I love my life. I have a fantastic time. I'm unbelievably wealthy, I work every day and my work is an absolute joy," she says. 


At the same time as seizing the day, though, she is also happy to wallow in nostalgia with yet another 1980s tour, which will put her on stage at Tatton Park, with the likes of Bananarama and Belinda Carlisle on July 29.

"Yes, it's shameless nostalgia. For me, it is not a dirty word," she says. "We are playing music that people went to school to, had their first crushes to, possibly their first marriage to."

It is 30 years since Birmingham-born Willcox first hove into public view in Derek Jarman's acclaimed punk movie Jubilee. A part in the quintessential mod movie Quadrophenia followed, then a string of pop hits through the Eighties. 

But her CV also runs from Shakespeare to the Teletubbies, Songs Of Praise to TV's Good Sex Guide. She is turning to writing more recently, not just songs but also a book currently with publishers and a TV drama script.

"I'm not an intellectual snob. I treat everything with equal enthusiasm. I never think I shouldn't have done a job. Everything has a beneficial side."

So, what was the beneficial side of I'm A Celebrity?

"Apart from the £1m it made me, it led to the four scripts a week and the average of four TV programmes a month I get offered," she says. 

At her busiest, Willcox claims to work 20-hour days, and is constantly turning down projects, particularly reality TV shows and anything to do with lifestyle and fashion.

"I say no to 70 per cent of what I'm offered. I'm planning for the next 10 years. If it is something I really can't get into - shopping, designer handbags or shoes - I'm just not interested. 

"I don't shop; I have someone that sends me stuff. I don't wear high heels. It's just not part of my life. I don't have time to shop. 

"I run a property business in the south of France. I have a game show business. I am writing scripts now and doing endless concerts."

Gates for the Here and Now show at Tatton Park open at 4pm, while the concert begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are £29 (with £2 discounts for groups of ten or more. Under fives go free). To book tickets call 0870 060 1768 or click here for the Halle show on July 28 show and here for the Here and Now July 29 show. 

[ News Source: www.manchesterevening news.co.uk - Thu 17th May 2007 ]

 Fri 18th May, 2007: Happy Birthday Toyah
[ Happy 49th Birthday Toyah! ]

• Many Happy Returns to Toyah, who celebrates her 49th Birthday today. Here's a couple of highly rare pictures of, a pre and post-Jubilee, Toyah to mark the occasion. Thanks for all the great music and memories Mrs Fripp!

[ Thanks to Andi Westhorpe ]

 Fri 18th May, 2007: 'The Times' - Remembering Derek
[ Times Online - 12th May 2007 ]Derek Jarman, artist, film-maker and radical, died of Aids in 1994. As Tate Modern screens his Super 8s as part of the Long Weekend, our correspondent talks to friends and associates.

Toyah Willcox, singer and actress in Jubilee and The Tempest 

The actor Ian Charleson introduced me to Derek. He thought we were kindred spirits. Every generation has its oddballs and Derek and I were oddballs in the 1970s. He was an absolute radical in every way – artistic, sexual and political. When I met him at his flat in 1977, the first thing that surprised me was that every man in his flat was naked. I didn’t really know what homosexuality was, but he was living with a very beautiful boy, Yves, and there were two other boys in the shadows. We had tea. Derek asked me to look at a script under the sofa, which was for Jubilee. I took the part that had the most lines. In the early days he filmed all of us on Super 8. 

He called me after giving me the part in Jubilee to tell me there wasn’t enough money and my part had to be cut. I was absolutely f***ing devastated and he must have heard it in my voice because he put me back in and I strongly suspect he didn’t take his own fee for the film as a result. 

In my very first scene I had to jump into bed with Ian and another actor, Karl Johnson. I pulled back the sheet and they were both naked. I gawped. Derek shouted, “What’s wrong?” I asked whether it was really necessary that they were naked. He thought it was funny I had never seen male genitalia up to that point. After Jubilee, I was on benefits, a struggling actress, and once a week he would make me a lovely meal – mushroom soup and bread. 

Next I played Miranda in his Tempest. He had such a wealth of knowledge. If Jubilee had been all about the egos and a bit like working in Warhol’s Factory, this was much more Derek as a serious film-maker. He would rarely lose his temper. He might shout: “If I can fing do this, you can fing do this.” Then it was over. 

When I became a pop star a few people were keen to see me fail. Not Derek. He was always supportive. It was hard to keep in touch but Derek and I exchanged Christmas cards. His were always embossed with lovely drawings. Because he was always such an eloquent gentleman it was amazing to see those angry canvases he painted about dying and prejudice before he died. They affected me hugely: they conveyed the way people with a terminal illness must feel. I was desperate to see him but Keith, his partner at the end, said it wasn’t possible and I respected that. The one memory I really treasure of Derek is laughter. Laughter was etched on his face all the time. 

[ News Source: www.timesonline.co.uk - Saturday 12th May 2007 ]

 Fri 18th May, 2007: Toyah and Robert's special day
Take a look at Robert Fripp's Online Diary to see how he and Toyah celebrated their 21st Wedding Anniversary and Robert's 61st Birthday.

Photographs... presents... books... chocolate prunes... wishes from BBC Radio 2... and a rather interesting painting by Toyah all help to make it a memorable day!

[ Source: www.dgmlive.com - Wed 16th May 2007 ]

 Fri 18th May, 2007: 200 Years of Brighton Theatre Royal
[ 24 Hour Museum ]Toyah is included in an exhibition at Brighton Museum, celebrating 200 years of the Brighton Theatre Royal.

But the real star of the show is the re-creation of a 19th century stage, complete with sound machines and dressing up area, on which visitors can appear in an eight-minute production of Hamlet. 

If audience participation is not your thing, there’s also video of film extracts, on and off stage at the Theatre Royal, including 1913 footage of Jonston Forbes-Robertson in Hamlet and a 2007 performance by Toyah Willcox as Aladdin.

Please click below for the full article.

[ Source: www.24hourmuseum.org.uk - Fri 11th May 2007 ]

 Fri 18th May, 2007: Saving Planet Earth
The major new BBC series, in which Toyah takes part, Saving Planet Earth, fronted by Sir David Attenborough, will launch on Sunday 17th June.
 Wed 16th May, 2007: Happy Anniversary
• Best Wishes to Toyah and Robert, who celebrate their 21st Wedding Anniversary today. Please click on the picture below to read a rare interview from 1991.

[ Toyah & Robert 1991 ]

 Wed 16th May, 2007: 'Blackpool Citizen' - Gay parade comes to town
The Promenade and North Pier will become a spectacle of colour and noise this weekend as thousands descend on the resort for Blackpool Pride.

The lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transsexual community of the town and further afield will party away the weekend under the motto of Be Proud, Be Yourself, Be in Blackpool for Pride'.

It is the second such weekend in the town and organisers believe Pride 2007, which has cost around £50,000 to organise, will be bigger and better than last year's inaugural event.

Blackpool Pride will begin with a Camp and Colour procession from South Shore close to the Pleasure Beach. The parade, which begins at 10.30am, will make its way along a 3.5mile route on the Promenade ending at the Metropole Hotel.

The focus of the celebrations will then transfer to the North Pier, with their Queer on the Pier party. Many other gay pubs and clubs are hosting special events for the weekend. There will be many attractions on the pier, including a fun fair, wrestling ring, dog show and a dance arena.

A cabaret and theatre show will be staged at the end of the pier, featuring a range of artists including gay icons Toyah Willcox, Hazel Dean and Nikki French.

Blackpool Pride chairman Mark Sargent said: "If you live in Blackpool then being gay, lesbian, transsexual or bi-sexual is so much more readily acceptable compared to many places.

"We should celebrate the community that nurtures us and surrounds us with care. Two years down the line, Blackpool Pride is going quite literally from strength to strength."

The event has received a message of support from one of the UK's leading actors, Sir Ian McKellen. He said: "I do love to be beside the seaside so i wish that work didn't prevent me from coming to Blackpool Pride.

"To all those luckier than me who can be there, have a wonderful day."

[ Source: www.blackpoolcitizen.co.uk - Tuesday 15th May 2007 ]

 Sun 13th May, 2007: Official MySpace - Latex Messiah wallpaper
[ Official MySpace wallpaper ]The Official Toyah MySpace has just added a cool 'Latex Messiah (Viva La Rebel In You)' wallpaper.

It's a Dean Stockings creation, featuring a picture of Toyah from a series of great shots he took back in late 2005.

Please click on the picture or below to go download and add to your desktop, in anticipation of the full 'Latex Messiah' being made available for download soon!

[ Source: Official Toyah MySpace - Sunday 13th May 2007 ]

 Sun 13th May, 2007: 'Tiswas Reunited' - Air date & DVD
It now looks likely that the Tiswas Reunited special will air on Saturday 16th June.

A DVD of the show will be available to buy from Monday 18th June, and is already being listed by the usual online retailers.

Toyah is an audience guest on the nostaligafest programme, recorded last month.

[ Thanks to Rachel Doyle - green top in the cage - look out for her! ]

 Sat 12th May, 2007: 'London Lite' - Why I live in... Chiswick
• Toyah was interviewed in Wednesday's (9th May 2007) 'London Lite'.

[ London Lite - Wed 9th May 2007 ]

Why I live in... Chiswick

Toyah Willcox, 48, enjoyed pop success in the Eighties, but has also worked in film and TV. She is married to musician Robert Fripp and lives, mainly, in Chiswick.

"I used to live in Chelsea but seven years ago I stumbled upon a property in Chiswick which I loved straight away. Chiswick is very convenient if you work for the BBC, as I do some of the time. The neighbours are incredibly friendly because they all work in entertainment. We all understand the odd hours; there are people here in ballet, theatre and TV. I relly adore being in a community like this where the people respect your need for privacy and look out for our safety. I spend a lot of time walking around Richmond and window shopping in Chiswick High Street. With my husband we fnd the early hours are a wonderful time to go for a stroll. He lives in Nashville, I live over here. I'd prefer it if we lived together, but neither of us is willing to give up our careers. We live "affectionately independently" lives and we don't have children. It's a compromise - I wouldn't ever want to give up my freedom."

Toyah Willcox was talking to Mark Anstead.

[ Thanks to Kurt Jones for the article - NB: That isn't Toyah's house pictured ]

 Sat 12th May, 2007: Toyah on TV
Never Mind The Buzzcocks : UKTV G2 - Thursday 24th May : 10.55pm
Never Mind The Buzzcocks : UKTV G2 Plus 1 - Thursday 24th May : 11.55pm
Never Mind The Buzzcocks : UKTV G2 - Friday 25th May : 9.00pm
Never Mind The Buzzcocks : UKTV G2 Plus 1 - Friday 25th May : 10.00pm
Mark Lamarr hosts a special anniversary edition of the long-running pop quiz, with team captains Phill Jupitus and Bill Bailey. Guests are singer turned actress and broadcaster Toyah Willcox, ex-A1 (where are they now?) singer Ben Adams, Radio One's Annie Mac and comedian Alun Cochrane. With special performances from X-Factor casualties Sumon Sunyal and Robert King.

[ Toyah and Brum ]Brum : CBeebies - Fri 25th May : 4.45pm
Brum and The Football Hero. The adventures of a little car who lives in a motor museum, narrated by Toyah Willcox. Brum scores the winning goal when he comes on as a substitute during a football match.

The Most Fertile Man In Ireland : Sky Movies Comedy - Thu 24th May : 12.45am
The Most Fertile Man In Ireland : Sky Movies Comedy - Fri 25th May : 02.00am
Twenty-four year old virgin, Eamonn Manley, lives with his mother in Belfast and is painfully shy with the ladies. Things change for Eamonn when Mary Malloy decides to make the first move and soon Mary realises that she is pregnant even though she was using birth control. The doctor discovers that Eamonn has an unusually high sperm count... His mother has the idea that he can help the local ladies who have had problems conceiving a baby... Director: Dudi Appleton. Starring: Kris Marshall, Kathy Kiera Clarke, Bronagh Gallagher, James Nesbitt, Kenneth Cranham, Toyah Willcox and Olivia Nash. 

 Wed 9th May, 2007: 'MusicMania Live 2007' ad
• The poster/ad for the 'MusicMania Live 2007' convention.

[ MusicMania 2007 ]

[ Thanks to Zoe Clow ]

 Wed 9th May, 2007: English Eccentrics album is a must-have accessory
[ ClickPress - English Eccentrics ]The official press release announcing the release of the English Eccentrics album 'How To Dress Sensibly'

English Eccentrics album is a must-have accessory

Leading design and fashion house, English Eccentrics, has released a first album, entitled 'How to Dress Sensibly'. This new creative venture enlists the talents of an eclectic mix of musicians, including Toyah Willcox, Suggs and Asher Senator. 

How to Dress Sensibly, on general release from 1 May is a very-English take on lounge music, drawing inspiration from the work of author and poet Edith Sitwell. Sitwell was fascinated by the interplay between words and music, writing a series of abstract poems, which were set to music by William Walton. Similarly, English Eccentrics’ 13 new tracks fuse an inventive mix of electronic and instrumental music with vocals laid over the top.

Sitwell’s spirit of experimentation and collaboration is also at the heart of How to Dress Sensibly with Danny Kuperberg on keyboards, Graeme Flowers on trumpet and talented young musician James David providing the strong percussive voice. There are cameo appearances from singer and actress Toyah Wilcox, Madness front-man Suggs and MC/reggae star Asher Senator. 

The album’s quirky style melds lounge music with rap, blues, jazz and the spoken word to create something truly unique. Each song has its own personality, with subtle literary, filmic and musical references; from 'Must you go' inspired by David Lean’s 1945 film Brief Encounter to 'Grandfather Clock', a humorous rework of the original 1876 song. 

Co-Producer Colin David comments; “this album embodies a kind of whimsical nostalgia, which harks back to the last days of the empire. How to Dress Sensibly also expresses a genuine affection for England and London, which as a long-standing resident of the city I find very enticing.” 

How to Dress Sensibly is released on 1 May and is priced £14.99. It can be purchased online from English Eccentrics at www.englisheccentrics.com 

[ News Source: www..clickpress.com/releases - Tues 7th May 2007 ]

 Wed 9th May, 2007: 'But! Music' - English Eccentrics
[ But! Music - English Eccentrics ]Brought together by leading British fashion designer and artist Helen David, who wanted to record an album of lounge music that would be quintessentially English, "How To Dress Sensibly" has been recorded by an oddball collection of individuals who include Toyah Willcox and Suggs.

The album is a mixture of words from great English eccentrics past and present and original lounge music. Helen was inspired by the doyen of the avant-garde, Dame Edith Sitwell. The Sitwells were from the infamous Bloomsbury set of the Twenties. Included in Edith's many diverse and often bizarre activities was a selection of poems called Façade and a book entitled English Eccentrics.

[ Source: www.butgroup.com/eccentrics - May 2007 ]

 Wed 9th May, 2007: 'R Music' - English Eccentrics
[ R Music - English Eccentrics ]Way back in 1933 Edith Sitwell published her short volume, The English Eccentric. Her book does what is says on the cover. It explores the oddities of real-life English characters, like the gentleman who set fire to his nightshirt in order to cure hiccups – while he was still wearing it.

Sitwell also wrote poetry. She was fascinated by the interplay between words and music, and in the 1920s she wrote a series of abstract poems which were set to music by William Walton. When she performed these experimental pieces, she would stand behind a curtain to which a painted face was attached, and recite the words through a megaphone.

I only tell you all this because there’s a CD about to be released which takes much of its inspiration from Edith Sitwell and her circle of friends.It’s a new venture by the creative team at the design and fashion house, English Eccentrics. Together with an eclectic mix of musicians including Toyah Willcox, Suggs and Asher Senator, they’ve put together a collection of very English lounge music. The whole thing has a kind of nostalgia which harks back to, and makes fun of, a time of colonial and class certainties.And it expresses an affection for England, and London in particular, which I, a first generation immigrant, found very appealing.

There are thirteen tracks and each is laid down with an inventive mixture of electronic and instrumental music. There’s terrific keyboard from Danny Kuperberg and some nice trumpet riffs from Graeme Flowers. The heart of the music, though, is its strong percussive voice which is the contribution of a very talented young musician, James David. And it combines the spoken word, song and music in a way that Sitwell would have admired.

Track 6 (Valse/Ladies how Vain) reinterprets one of the poems that Sitwell set to Walton’s music. It’s a delicious piece which works primarily with voice and percussion, and its meaning lies less in the rational association of words than in the concatenation of sounds. Track 13 (Thingabout London) is a rich and fantastic celebration of the city that comes out somewhere between rap, jazz and blues. Track 12 (Grandfather’s Clock) is a humorous reinvention of the 1876 song which survives today in widely different renditions from bluegrass to brass band ensembles to the more or less obscene chants you hear at rugby games. Track 4 (Must You Go) takes its inspiration from David Lean’s seminal film of 1946, Brief Encounter which was written by Noel Coward. (He was one among the wide circle of acquaintances with whom Sitwell skirmished and socialised). Track 11 (Pizzicato/String Quartet in F) is a pastiche of light music at a time when 78s were still being produced. You can even hear the crackling of the needle on the record.

OK. So you get the idea. This is a clever and sophisticated product with lots of literary, filmic and musical references for anyone who’s interested. Like all good CDs, you hear more every time you listen to it. It’s very funny, it’s great listening, and it’s still growing on me.

[ Source: www.rmusic.co.uk - March 2007 ]

 Wed 9th May, 2007: 'iTunes' - English Eccentics
• 'How To Dress Sensibly' is available to download at 'iTunes'. Toyah's English Eccentrics track 'One Cup Of Tea' can also be bought on its own if you'd rather do that than buy the entire album.

[ English Eccentrics ]

 Wed 9th May, 2007: "Something for Robert Fripp (and Toyah) fans"
[ Sunday All Over The World ]A recent little tribute to Sunday All Over The World from mog.com:

Normally I don’t post MP3s, but Robert Fripp’s 1991 band project with wife Toyah Willcox “Sunday All Over The World” seems to have vanished beneath the prog rock waves. In digging around for videos etc for this post, I found this interview with Toyah Willcox, who sings on the record, commenting in regards to the obscurity of the project:

Question: With the current digging through the Toyah vaults, will the Strange Girls sessions or any live Sunday All Over The World material ever surface?

Toyah Willcox: “Strange Girls may not surface but hey! It’s early days and there is a renewed interest in my music, I think thankfully a new generation has rediscovered it, which feels lovely because it will be out of context with me the person and the period. As my lyrics where always ambiguous and predictive I hope they have more power out of the context of that century.

I would love Sunday All Over The World to resurface. There is great writing there and great performances. Not too long ago Robert played me a live performance of a song that never made the album, it was in Madrid and the song was You Bring Out The Worst In Me. After many years of the British press telling me I am worthless and crap, which does start to rub off on you, I burst into tears when I heard this performance. It was fucking blinding. And I looked at Robert and thought why do we let people influence us so disruptively. As I get older I have no role models and take crap from no one, it’s a lovely place to be. Sunday All Over The World deserves to be heard.”

Being as Toyah wants the band to be rediscovered, I figured I’d help her out! So here is the title track “Sunday All Over The World” from the one album the band released – future King Crimson “double trio” stick player Trey Gunn plays on it too. If you’re a KC fan, you’ll certainly hear some tastes of both the 80’s and 90’s versions of that band – SAOTW was kind of a bridge between the two.

[ Source: www.mog.com/ebuzzmiller - April 2007 ]

 Wed 9th May, 2007: Michael Gambon: Maigret & Me
Sunday (6th May) was Maigret Day on ITV3. Michael Gambon, who played Maigret, talked about his favourite episodes, co-stars etc, and the channel aired selected episodes. This included Maigret & The Hotel Majestic, the episode Michael chose as his favourite from the numerous he filmed. Michael also talked about working with Toyah.
 Mon 7th May, 2007: Beware The Eyes of May - MySpace playlist
[ Official Toyah MySpace Player ]There's a new monthly feature over at the Official Toyah MySpace; the "Playlist". They kickstart proceedings with: 

Beware The Eyes of May (Playlist One):

1) Latex Messiah (Viva La Rebel In You)
2007 Brand new Willcox/Darlow produced composition.

2) It's A Mystery (Weybridge Radio Edit) *previously unreleased*
2006 edited version produced for radio/promo purposes

3) Jungles of Jupiter (Live Wild Essence version) 
2005 version from DVD Wild Essence-Live in the 21st Century

4) Neon Womb (Acoustic) *previously unreleased*
2006 exclusive unedited version recorded for ITV docu Faith & Music

5) Velvet Lined Shell (Edit) *previously unreleased*
2003 edited version of album track from Velvet Lined Shell (used on gallery section of Wild Essence DVD)

[ Source: Official Toyah MySpace - Sunday 6th May 2007 ]

 Mon 7th May, 2007: Win tickets for English Heritage Concerts
• Make the most of the long hot summer evenings at this year’s English Heritage Picnic Concerts. 

This year 13 concerts will take place at three beautiful English Heritage sites. An impressive line-up includes Lemar at Marble Hill in Twickenham, Lesley Garrett at Battle Abbey in Hastings and Jools Holland and Lulu at Audley End in Saffron Walden. 

[ Woman & Home ]

We have one pair of tickets to give away for any one of these concerts: Audley End, Saffron Walden Saturday 7 July 2007 – The Music of Motown - Dancing in The Streets Saturday 14 July – Bryan Ferry Saturday 21 July – Buena Vista Social Club Presents: Cachaito Lopez, Guajiro Mirabel, Aguaje Ramos, Manuel Galban Saturday 28 July – Party! At Audley End: Here and Now with Bananarama, Belinda Carlisle, Midge Ure, T’Pau, Toyah Willcox and Limahl. Saturday 4 August – Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, with guest vocalist Lulu Sunday 5 August – Last Night of The Audley End Proms, starring Katherine Jenkins Marble Hill, Twickenham Saturday 11 August – Lemar and Beverley Knight Sunday 12 August – The Four Seasons and Fireworks spectacular featuring Chloe Hanslip. Saturday 18 August – Party! At Marble Hill, featuring eighties superstars Bananarama, Belinda Carlisle, Midge Ure, Altered Images with Clare Grogan Saturday 25 August – The Music of Motown - Dancing in The Streets Sunday 26 August – Last Night of The Marble Hill Proms featuring special guests Natasha Marsh and Alfie Boe Battle Abbey, Battle, Hastings Saturday 25 August – Party! Here and Now with Bananarama, Belinda Carlisle, Midge Ure, T’Pau, Toyah Willcox and Nick Heyward. Sunday 26 August - Last Night of The Battle Abbey Proms, starring Lesley Garrett. 

Closing date 31 May 2007. For more information visit www.picnicconcerts.com.

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 Mon 7th May, 2007: More 'Tales'
Tales of The Unexpected : ITV3 - Tuesday 8th May : 6.25am 
Tales of The Unexpected : ITV3 Plus 1 - Tuesday 8th May : 7.25am
Tales of The Unexpected : ITV3 - Tuesday 8th May : 2.30pm 
Tales of The Unexpected : ITV3 Plus 1 - Tuesday 8th May : 3.30pm
Blue Marigold. Series 5, Episode 1. At the height of her fame, Myra, a fashion model, is suddenly out of favour with her agencies and deserted by her boyfriend. Years later she sees an opportunity to win him back. Starring: John Houseman, Sharon Duce, and Toyah Willcox.
 Sat 5th May, 2007: Latex Messiah (Viva La Rebel In You). 
[ Official Toyah MySpace ]Toyah's Official MySpace has been promising "excitng additions" over the past few days, and the first fruits have just been added.

There's a one-minute taster of 'Latex Messiah (Viva La Rebel In You)', a new song from Toyah and Simon Darlow, and it has to be said it sounds bloody brilliant (great lyrics too)!

Toyah's Official e-news says: "New material will be available to buy and download online in the near future. For the time being get your ears around Latex Messiah and leave your comments on the new clip on the Toyah MySpace page. We're sure you'll agree that the musical fire is back."

[ Source: Official Toyah MySpace - Saturday 5th May 2007 ]

 Sat 5th May, 2007: Official Toyah e-news
[ Official e-news - May 2007 ]The Official Toyah e-news update has been mailed to subscribers today, with lots of interesting and exciting Toyah news to savour. They've also included a great new pic of Toyah that looks like it may have been taken at a live gig a fortnight ago.

As well as news about the new Toyah/Simon Darlow track 'Latex Messiah (Viva La Rebel In You)' there's info about other music from Toyah in the pipeline.

Toyah's May 2007 Webletter is also available to read.

[ Source: Official Toyah e-news - Saturday 5th May 2007 ]

 Sat 5th May, 2007: Toyah @ 'Remember The Eighties'
Toyah and Hazel O'Connor are in discussions about doing some joint concerts later this year.

[ Source: www.remembertheeighties.com - Thursday 3rd May 2007 ]

 Sat 5th May, 2007: Tiswas Reunited
Compost Corner, Phantom Flan Flinger, Flan Your Folks, The Cage... ITV1 brings you Tiswas Reunited

For one night only, ITV1 brings you a one-off special reuniting the stars of the iconic, groundbreaking children’s show Tiswas. With a wealth of clips and reminiscences from the many stars who appeared on the series, the team will recreate the chaos and mayhem of those heady days of the show that broke the mould.

[ Tiswas Reunited 2007 ]

Tiswas Reunited will be the biggest, noisiest, messiest and most colourful show Saturday night television has seen for quite some time, and the original team of regulars will all be there: Chris Tarrant, Sally James, Lenny Henry, Bob Carolgees, John Gorman, Sylvester McCoy and Frank Carson.

There will also be lots of other familiar Tiswas faces in the audience. Many celebrities who took part in the show and were a part of its success will be there with their personal memories of Tiswas, and many more will be interviewed on location. The list of guests who appeared on Tiswas reads like a who’s who of showbusiness, as it was always considered to be the coolest series and the show to be seen on.

Tiswas Reunited is a celebration of the most anarchic Saturday morning kids’ series in British television history. So spend an evening with the stars, wallowing in nostalgia… and custard!

Tiswas Reunited – exclusive to ITV1, May 2007 

NB: Toyah has now mentioned in her May Webletter she is one of the audience guests for this. Actual air date should be available soon.

 Sat 5th May, 2007: 'Edible Suite' by Chris Wong
[ Chris Wong - Edible Suite ]Toyah's excellent guitarist and musical director (for the last few years), Chris Wong, has recently released an album titled 'Edible Suite'.

Chris was born in Cambridge and studied music at Cambridgeshire College Of Arts And Technonlogy. 

His influences range from Bach to Basie, Pat Travers to Patrice Rushen, Ellington to Extreme 

Chris says: "I have been a professional guitarist, bass guitarist, arranger, orchestrator, composer, and musical director since leaving college. As well as my own projects I have worked with other artists such as Phil Watts, Mark Rattray with whom I toured for a couple of years and did summer seasons alongside Jaqcui Scott and Melanie Stace, Rox Clayton Scott, and Shaun Williamson. With Rox, along with drummer Marcus Bishop and guitarist Dave patrick, we have been writing and recording an album over the last couple of years, soon to be released. Also work in an acoustic duo with Rox. Played bass on Dave Sinclair's album. I am currently Toyah Willcox's musical director and guitarist."

[ Visit Chris's MySpace page by clicking the pictures ]

 Sat 5th May, 2007: Toyah newsy bits & pieces!
• Toyah was namechecked all over the place in the last few days in news stories about Craig Edgley attending the auditions to find new members for a Take That musical, centred around a fictional story about a Take That tribute band (yep, the mind boggles!). Apparently Craig met Toyah at last month's NEC convention. He said: "I heard about the auditions when I went to a convention and met Toyah Willcox and she said ’you should go for this musical, you remind me of Robbie’."

• "The multi-talented Toyah Willcox" is also metioned in the 'Hastings Observer' May 3rd news story Prelude to Battle Abbey Proms. Click here to read that.

• Don't forget that Toyah is all over the telly at the beginning of the week (Bank Holiday Monday). There's The Most Fertile Man In Ireland on Sky Comedy, plus Tales Of The Unexpected and Michael Gambon: Maigret & Me on ITV3, all are being screened more than once. See News updates below for full schedule info.

 Tue 1st May, 2007: Toyah, by Mark Satchwill
• An interesting painting of Toyah, by Mark Satchwill, currently listed at auction site eBay. Please click on the image below for further information.

[ Toyah by Mark Satcheill 2007 ]

Title: Toyah (War Boys) 
Size: 2.5 x 3.5 inches 
Media: Watercolor with gouache 
Date: 2007 

ACEO/ATC of Toyah, a singer/actress from the 80's. She was known for her flame coloured hair and imaginative make-up - this is an example from one of her record sleeves from 1981.

Painted on 300gsm watercolor paper, signed on the front and signed and dated on the reverse. 

My name is Mark Satchwill and I currently reside in Watford, UK. I am predominantly a watercolourist, painting all sorts of subjects from flowers to portraits to fantasy. I recently turned my talents to ACEO/ATC's and am enjoying creating these small and collectible works of art. 

 Tue 1st May, 2007: Laurence Olivier Presents / Centenary Collection
[ Laurence Olivier DVD Collections ]Dreamscape brought you the news last October that The Ebony Tower was finally available on DVD, as part of the Laurence Olivier Presents (3 discs - Region 1) Collection.

That collection is available on Region 2 format, with all new artwork, from 21st May 2007.

Aside from the artwork, the main difference from the Region 1 DVD set is that The Ebony Tower has full billing rather than being listed as a "bonus" feature.

The Ebony Tower is also included on The Laurence Olivier Centenary Collection Box Set (10 Discs - Region 2), also available from 21st May.

A bountiful box set of classic films featuring, perhaps, Britain's finest actor of all time, Laurence Olivier.

Episodes Comprise:

1. Henry V
2. Richard III
3. The Merchant Of Venice
4. King Lear
5. Long Day's Journey Into Night
6. The Ebony Tower
7. Laurence Olivier Presents
8. The South Bank Show: Laurence Olivier

 Tue 1st May, 2007: Dreamscape Site Stats
Some visitors to Dreamscape ask for a little more detail about site stats.

April 2007 was an amazing month for site visits, possibly the most since the site opened in March 2000. The total was 11,152. Last Monday (23rd April) we had over 700 hits following the repeat airing of the Faith & Music Toyah special.

[ News Source: Dreamscape Stats - 1st May 2007 ]

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