Dreamscape: A Toyah Willcox Fansite [www.toyah.net] : somewhere in the distance : archived Toyah news for the month of Nov 2004


November 24, 2004: A Private Performance (sort of!)
[ 20th November 04 ]Toyah performed privately, at a corporate gathering, on Saturday night in London.

With elaborate make-up, huge bright red head dress, decorative cross, and her 'Best Of The 80s' stage outfit, Toyah performed a similar set to that of recent gigs.

Nick Heyward and Belinda Carlisle also played at the event.

2004 really has been a great year for Toyah in a live! sense. She has played club PAs, a stadium concert in Bolton, 19 date UK tour and the odd private function.

Thanks to John for the picture. Please click on it for a larger version.

November 24, 2004: "There's a gig poster, huh, it's a monument"
[ Meanwhile... in 1981 ]The retro Toyah German gig poster I mentioned on the 14th November news update...

... featuring an alternate version of the image used for the 'Thunder In The Mountains' single sleeve.

Please click on the picture to view a bigger, better version of it ;o)

Thanks to Andi Westhorpe.

November 24, 2004: Toyah on PUNK! CD compilation
[ PUNK! ]It turns out that this new compilation, PUNK!, is actually a bona fide, genuine, official release.

The 17-track CD on the Prism Leisure label (catalogue number: PLATCD 1309) features two Toyah tracks, both from 2003's 'Velvet Lined Shell', as well as songs by The Fall, Captain Sensible, Sham 69, Alternative TV and many more.

The full tracklisting is: 1. Sham 69 - Girlfriend, 2. Captain Sensible - While Wrecking The Car, 3. King Prawn - Someone To Hate, 4. 999 - Brent Cross, 5. Toyah - Every Scar Has A Silver Lining, 6. Alternative TV - Viva La Rock 'N' Roll, 7. Sham 69 - Tattoo, 8. The Fall - Cyber Insekt, 9. Alternative TV - Love Lies Limp, 10. King Prawn - No Peace, 11. The Membrains - Tatty Seaside Town, 12. The Fall - Two Librans, 13. The Vibrators - Jumpin' Jack Flash, 14. Toyah - Velvet Lined Shell, 15. The Jerks - Dole Queue Boys, 16. Captain Sensible - Happy Talk, 17. The Fall - Serum.

Thanks to Andi Westhorpe.

November 24, 2004: Backstage at BEST
[ Click me! ]Following on from last month's special backstage at the 'Best Of The 80s' pictures....

... here's another!

This is a fantastic picture of Toyah, Claire, Ruby, and Claire's backing vocalist (unfortunately I've forgotten her name - great singer though), photographed backstage at the Edinburgh Playhouse on Wednesday 20th November.

It's an excellent pic. Please click on Toyah to view the full photo. Hope you like it ;o)

Thanks to John.

November 24, 2004: 'The Tempest' on TV
[ The Tempest... on TV ]The Artsworld channel will broadcast The Tempest, with Toyah as Miranda, in early December. 

The film, from 1979, is still considered to be one of Jarman's finest.

Derek Jarman's highly individual and beguiling version of Shakespeare's last play, shot in ruined abbeys and mansions with an undercurrent of absurdist humour.

Director: Derek Jarman. Starring: Heathcote Williams, Toyah Willcox, Elisabeth Welch, Karl Johnson, Peter Bull, Richard Warwick (1979, 3 Star).

The Tempest : Artsworld - Friday 3rd December : 9.30pm

November 24, 2004: 'I'm A Celebrity...' - Top Ten Trials
[ Toyah in the swamp!! ]Toyah's notorious Bush Tucker Trial, from I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! series two, where she waded in a swamp of foul smelling gunk, placed at number seven in last Wednesday's (17th November) I'm A Celebrity... Top Ten Trials on ITV2.

Clips from the stinky challenge, in which Toyah managed to find five hidden stars, were reshown, with various "celebrities" and ex-junglemates recalling the trial.... and Toyah!

Karen Krizanovich: "I didn't realise it was... Toyah!"

Emma Jones: "Her challenge was uniquely shit!"

Karen Krizanovich: "It was horrible."

Lynda Barker: "Shit everywhere. It was vile! The stench was unbelievably bad - I mean... good girl!"

Tina Baker: "She's used to it after 20 years in showbiz."

Lynda Barker: "She came into the camp, and she reeked! We all ran up to greet her and then ran. You couldn't go within ten feet of her!"

To relive Toyah's complete I'm A Celebrity... experience, please click on the pictures.

November 24, 2004: www.toyah.net 
Happy to say that, at last, www.toyah.net is back online and working again. Ta for your patience ;o)
November 24, 2004: New Toyah pix @ www.toyahwillcox.com
The Gallery (page two) of Toyah's Official website was updated recently with new Dean Stockings photographs of Toyah in her 'Here & Now' and 'Best Of The 80s' outfits. Great pictures!
November 14, 2004: Toyah to appear at 'Wasted 2005' Punk Festival
[ Wasted UK Festival 2005 ]2005 sees Toyah going back to her roots, with a two-set appearance at the 'Wasted' Punk Festival in Morecambe. The four-day festival takes place from 19th through to the 22nd May 2005 with a huge number of bands and singers playing.

Toyah will be playing a set on the Main Stage and is also listed as appearing on the Acoustic Stage with a SPOKEN WORD performance.

No details on which day Toyah will appear as yet but this is two sets NOT TO BE MISSED!

Other bands/artists confirmed include; The Stranglers, The Damned, The Rezillos, UK Subs, Anti Nowhere League, The Exploited, The Undertones, Hazel O'Connor & The Subterranians, Peter & The Test Tube Babies, GBH and many many more.

Morecambe 19th - 22nd May 2005 

Early price 55 until 31st October 
65 - 1st November to 31st March 05 
75 - 1st April onwards 

Cheques payable to Wasted Festivals please include a SAE.  To 14 Priory Street, Hereford, HR4 9LB UK. Credit Cards 02476 559992 or tickets@wastedfestivals.com.

Please click on the WASTED logo to visit the Official website for more information and a huge list of the bands confirmed to appear.

November 14, 2004: Toyah newsy bits & pieces!
[ Thunder poster ]• This excellent Toyah poster was recently up for auction at eBay.

As well as being a stunning Toyah collectable, it's interesting because the picture used is a rarely-seen variation of the 'Thunder In The Mountains' sleeve session.

The German tour poster was used to promote a gig at the MARKTHALLE in Hamburg on 7th December 1981.

• Toyah's Official website has been updated over the weekend with her November webletter. Leap on over to www.toyahwillcox.com to read a lengthy missive on all things 'Best Of The 80s'.

• The 'Best Of The 80s' Tour has inspired Toyah - She mentions that she wants to get a band together and play dates. This would be a great opportunity to do a college/university tour of the UK methinks. Toyah would go down a storm if the tour was promoted well, and it would be a cool return to her roots too. How's about the 'COMPUTER 2005' UK Tour? ;o))

• Toyah was on UK TV on Friday night, ITV1 @ 12.25am. The programme was Pulling Power, with Toyah talking about her very first car - a Ford Escort mk1, which cost her the princely sum of 400. She was 20 at the time, couldn't drive, but bought it so that her then boyfriend could drive it for her! [Thanks to Paul Lomas for the info]

November 10, 2004: 'The Rabbit Whisperer' by Ingrid Tarrant
[ The Rabbit Whisperer ]Toyah will feature in a new book, 'The Rabbit Whisperer' - The secret of how to make your rabbit part of the family, by Ingrid Tarrant - published in March of next year.

Synopsis: Rabbits are the third most popular pets in the UK. After cats and dogs, they are being chosen by more families as their household pet and by more single people as an animal for company. This fantastic book is a must-read for any rabbit fanatic. Written by top journalist and long-time rabbit owner, Ingrid Tarrant, and full of contributions from rabbit-loving celebrities such as Suggs and Toyah Willcox, it is the ultimate guide to caring for a rabbit. It covers choosing a pet, preparing for its arrival and routine care such as grooming, food and water, cage-cleaning, health checks and vaccinations. This clear, no-nonsense book dispels the many myths surrounding rabbits and their care and is ideal for every rabbit owner and lover. 

Product Details:
The Rabbit Whisperer by Ingrid Tarrant
Hardcover 288 pages (March 31, 2005) 
Publisher: Metro Publishing Ltd 
ISBN: 1843581035 

For further information, or to pre-order the book please click on the pic to visit www.amazon.co.uk

November 10, 2004: 'FRA Literary, Film & Television Agents' - Toyah books
[ FRA ]Toyah, the author and children's writer, has two pages dedicated to her at the 'FRA Literary, Film & Televsion Agents' website.

Toyah Willcox - The Author: "Toyah Willcox has a highly successful, prolific and amazingly diverse career, with major hit records and many prestigious stage and screen roles to her credit, that has made her one of Britain's biggest household names. She has written a fascinating account of a remarkable period in her life previously unknown to her fans. Her book will be published in Spring 2005 by Michael O'Mara Books."

"Toyah is completing a most controversial autobiographical work. It is a remarkably brave, frank and startlingly innovative work which will remain under wraps until published in Spring 2005 by Michael O'Mara Books."

Toyah Willcox - Children's Writer: "Toyah's first book for children is entitled We Have Angels Here." 

Please click on the website screen shot to visit the FRA website.

Many thanks to Broken Diamond & Corona @ the Dreamscape Forum.

November 10, 2004: 'The Club' - Life's no DRAG for Toyah!
[ Toyah @ The Club - 31st Oct 04 ]Toyah made a surprise guest appearance at the Grand Drag Ball at THE CLUB in Stoke on Sunday 31st October.

This was also the final night of the 'Best Of The 80s' UK Tour so I guess Toyah must have dashed from Buxton to Stoke to be part of the cross-dressing shenanigans!

A great night was had by all, with the winner picking up a well-earned prize and oodles of money being raised for charity - Bravo!!

Please click on the pics to visit THE CLUB's website. If you'd like to look at the pics from the night, including another Toyah picture, they can be found in the Photos section (31st October 2004).

Thanks to Michael O'Brien.

November 10, 2004: 'Little Britain' - Toyah mention
[ Little Britain ]Toyah was mentioned in last night's Little Britain (episode four, series' two) on BBC 3.

The namecheck came in a sketch featuring Lou and Andy (pictured right), probably the best known of all the comedy show's wild and crazy characters.

Lou to fireman: "It's like that song by Toyah Willcox, innit, It's a Mystery"

Little Britain is considered to be (possibly) the finest British comedy of the Noughties, and features a plethora of hilarious characters; Daffyd, the only gay in the village, Marjorie Dawes and Fat Fighters, Dame Sally Markham, the romantic author, Vicky Pollard, and Emily Howard, the crap transvestite.

Thanks to Claire Ormrod & John ny @ the Dreamscape Forum.

November 10, 2004: 'News from... Canterbury' - Sleeping Beauty

The Marlowe Theatre has found a new and speedy way of advertising this year’s pantomime, Sleeping Beauty. The theatre’s delivery van received an early Christmas present and has been given a festive makeover in July. 

Larger than life images of pantomime stars Toyah Willcox and Jack Ryder (Jamie in EastEnders) are splashed all over the van which has been painted in rich purple colours and bold designs. Kent residents cannot fail to miss the festive vehicle as the faces of Toyah as the Black Fairy and Jack as Prince Charming whizz by through the county! 

"I wish I’d had this van when I was 14," said a stunned Toyah when she saw it for the first time at the official launch of the pantomime this weekend. "I would’ve put it to good use in my disco days!"

White Horse Designs in Dover created the colourful masterpiece that will attract the attention of many keen theatregoers. 

People all over the county should keep their eyes on the road and watch out for details of a special "Van on the Run" competition when we’ll be asking people to call and email in to win free tickets to see The Marlowe pantomime, running from Thursday December 9 – Sunday January 30 2005.

With an array of lavish sets and costumes, a stunning ice skating sequence and plenty of guaranteed laughs, Sleeping Beauty is a perfect show for families and friends of all ages.

Tickets are available now from The Marlowe Theatre Box Office on 01227 787 787. 

November 10, 2004: 'Around Burntwood'
Art Exhibition at St George’s Hospital

Works of art by Burntwood students have been selected by the Charity, 'Children’s Art for Children’,to be exhibited in the Lanesborough Wing of St George’s Hospital. 

The Charity, set up by the Bedford Hill Gallery, aims to make art more accessible to disadvantaged children by setting up exhibitions in hospitals and day centres accross London. 

The exhibition was opened by actress and singer, Toyah Willcox, the Charity’s patron, and will be in situ for one year.

November 3, 2004: 'Best Of The 80s' - Completed!
[ Best Of The 80s ]The 'Best Of The 80s' Tour ended on Sunday night at the Opera House in Buxton after a month long trek around the UK, with Toyah, Clare, Ben and Nick playing 19 dates in all.

The general consensus has been that Toyah and Clare were the stars of the tour, with reactions reminiscent to those of 2002's 'Here & Now' UK Tour, when Toyah stole every show. 

Maybe one day Toyah will headline one of these "revival" tours... ?

"I’ve been starving for a month because this costume has a 20-inch waist," she says. "It’s reminiscent of a little circus girl in Victorian times, except I’ve taken the innocence away and added a little S&M - it leaves nothing to the imagination." Toyah

"Looking 20 years younger in a red Parisian showgirl's costume, thigh-high black suede boots and matching gloves, Toyah kept the tempo high with her upbeat renditions of It's A Mystery, Thunder In The Mountains and Echo Beach, before an unlikely cover of Guns N' Roses' Sweet Child O' Mine showed she still likes to rock.

Listening to the banter from the crowd on the way out, they all seemed to agree that Toyah and Clare Grogan were the stars of this 80s revival show." Edinburgh Evening News

"Toyah came out with the sole intention of having fun, treating us to a version of Martha and the Muffins’ Echo Beach and Guns’n’Roses' Sweet Child of Mine before bouncing energetically through her own hits Thunder In The Mountains, I Want To Be Free and It’s A Mystery." The Cumberland News

"One-time punk princess Toyah Willcox made an entrance to rival her many pantomime appearances.

Striding out in a velvet basque and thigh-high boots she quipped: "Has anyone seen my dress?"

She belted out rocking covers of Echo Beach by Martha and the Muffins and Sweet Child o' Mine by Guns 'n' Roses.

As the audience sang along to her angst-ridden anthem I Want to be Free, Toyah confessed: "I feel a bit of a fraud. I wrote this song when I was 12 and now I'm 46." Aberdeen Evening Express

"Toyah - decked out in a tasselled, gold-coloured short skirt - still boasts a good singing voice and the men in the audience swarmed to the front of the stage as the 42-year-old belted out I Wanna Be Free and It's A Mystery as she did 20-odd years ago." Sunday Mail

Just some of the press reactions to Toyah's 'Best Of The 80s' performances. For fan opinions please check out the various threads in the TOTALLY TOYAH TALK section of the Dreamscape FORUM.