It’s no mys­tery:

Toyah spills the beans on her cul­tural choices

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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.

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