Household name, pop icon, TV presenter, and stage/screen actress (Calamity Jane, Cabaret, Peter Pan, Jubilee, Quadrophenia) Toyah returns to the Vauxhall Tavern in March with her Acoustic, Up Close & Personal show.
This is a unique chance to experience Toyah in an intimate setting where music and stories take centre stage. This lively, entertaining and revealing show comes in the form of Toyah performing an unplugged set of her well-loved hits and classic songs, alongside recalling stories from her colourful, thirty-five year career. From filming pop videos on horseback at 5am in the morning to acting alongside Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier this is a show which lifts the lid on working in the entertainment business.
A talented duo of guitarists, Chris Wong and Colin Hinds, accompany Toyah on meticulous and melodic acoustic versions of the hits It’s A Mystery, Thunder In The Mountains, I Want To Be Free and Good Morning Universe through to Sensational, a track used recently on a national TV advertising campaign starring Patsy Kensit.
From punk princess to high priestess of TV, Toyah Willcox is a uniquely gifted performer. Charismatic, outspoken and impossible to categorise, she is one of Britain’s iconic household names – an
award-winning rock legend as well as a much-loved actress and music composer.
Toyah is one of our most versatile and popular personalities whose vibrancy and energy has won over many audiences in a career spanning thirty-nine years. Toyah has amassed thirteen top 40 singles, recorded twenty albums, written two books, appeared in over forty stage plays, acted in fifteen feature films and presented such diverse television programmes as The Good Sex Guide Late, Watchdog and Songs Of Praise.
It all began in her hometown Birmingham in 1977 when film director Derek Jarman offered her the role of ‘Mad’ in seminal punk epic Jubilee. She continued to gain strong roles, appearing alongside
Katherine Hepburn in the film, The Corn is Green, as well as playing ‘Monkey’ in the legendary Quadrophenia. She teamed up with Jarman again to play Miranda in his innovative version of The Tempest, which won her a nomination as Best Newcomer at the 1980 Evening Standard
In 2015, Toyah continues to be seen on film, acting in innovative and cutting edge productions from the Electric Flix thriller short Three Sides Of The Coin, the British horror feature film Extremis and an ambitious UK science-fiction production Kaleidoscope Man. Perhaps most anticipated is Toyah’s part in the upcoming British feature film Ahhhhhhhh! which was written and directed by Steve Oram. The film with no dialogue and all actors performing as chimps also stars Julian Barratt, Steve Oram, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Noel Fielding and Alice Lowe and is released in autumn.
A full length biography is available at toyahwillcox.com/toyah-