It’s no mystery:
Toyah spills the beans on her cultural choices
With a music career spanning 40 years, Toyah has achieved huge chart success, has performed around the globe to great acclaim and is considered an iconic name in British music.
She is also a successful composer
and acclaimed stage and screen actress. Her new show, complete with full electric band, will bring her brand of electrifying music to the atmospheric Theatre in the Woods for the Holt Festival, with a mix of all the hits and tracks from her new album In the Court of the Crimson Queen.
What I am eating
I am a clean eater, so don’t eat dairy or refined wheat. My diet is mainly based around fresh fruit and vegetables, usually simply steamed, trying not to alter its natural state where possible. So I would say almonds are my saviour and I love mangoes.
I have been doing it for around two years and my vitality and energy and physical wellbeing have been transformed. I also drink five litres of water a day – which isn’t easy – but it helps flush out all the toxins.
What I am wearing
I like to reinvent my clothes whenever possible so I always try and shop at the higher end of the high street.
Then I take them to my dressmaker who transforms them each season – either adding bits on or taking bits away.
I have bought things over the years I have never worn and the waste is unbelievable. It makes me incredibly angry with myself so now I tend to wear clothes until they fall off. I think when the textile factory collapsed in Bangladesh killing more than 1,000 people, it should have been a real wake-up call about our demand for fashion.
What I am singing along to?
Myself! It might sound strange, but I have to study my music constantly when I am touring to make sure I know it.
For 42 years I have been writing and performing music and I am constantly learning new songs and re-learning older material, looking at drawing influences from it and going back to past sounds.
Where I am going
I have got the most ridiculous schedule before I arrive in Holt. I am going to Bali – I have only got two days there which I think I might regret as will probably want to stay longer – then I am in Ireland, all over the UK, in Belgium, Seattle and then to Holt.
But I absolutely love coming to Holt and to Norfolk. I know it really well and often visit the town. I go to Holkham beach a lot as well as I have friends in north Norfolk, so it is an area I love.
What I am listening to
I always tune in to Women’s Hour on Radio 4 and it is always a surprise and a joy. There are things that make me shout at the radio, but also things that make me think ‘my goodness I never ever knew that’.
It is fascinating. Women are not all made from the same model, far from it, we are richly diverse, and that is reflected in the content.
What I am watching
I love the horror genre and recently saw The House that Jack Built, directed by Lars Von Trier and starring Matt Dillon which was absolutely brilliant.
It is about a psychopath who is so extraordinarily normal, so dull, that you can’t believe he can orchestrate this many killings. The film that really made me passionate about horror, and that shock genre, was Alien. I still watch it three or four times a year and I know every line. I read a lot when I can, especially when I am flying.
I am reading The Passage by Justin Cronin and it is incredible. It’s a very apocalyptic tale about a highly infectious virus which threatens the human race, turning them into vampires. I absolutely loathe the whole vampire concept, but I do like apocalyptic, challenging fiction and this book is utterly brutal, barbaric and frank, with lots of chilling comparisons which can be made with the world today.