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Woman’s Weekly: Having A Cup Of Tea

February 25th, 2013

Toyah is interviewed in this week’s issue of ‘Woman’s Weekly’ magazine.

Having A Cup Of Tea With Singer And Actress Toyah Willcox

Who would you most like to have a cup of tea with?
David Bowie, Helen Mirren and Judi Dench – all British legends.

You’re about to appear in the play Hormonal Housewives. What can we expect?
It’s an all-out comedy about three women. It’s one of those plays where you read the script and you keep thinking, ‘Oh yes, I’ve been through that!’. The madness that comes through PMT is all captured in an evening. It’s very funny, light-hearted and well-observed.

You’ve had such a varied career. Is there anything you’d still like to try?
There’s still loads I’d love to do. I’ll sing as long as I have a singing voice – although I can’t imagine I’ll be doing it for more than another five years. And I still very much want to act. I look at fantastic scripts like Homeland or Downton Abbey that include older women and I think, ‘Yes! I’ve got something to aim for.’ The thought of an enforced retirement would be an absolute nightmare for me.

When are you happiest?
My days off are very precious and I spend them with my husband (Robert Fripp, former guitarist in rock band King Crimson). We’ve been together for 27 years but we’re apart weeks at a time, so I trally treasure moments with him. It’s still romantic when we go to the cinema or on a long walk.

What do you sing in the shower?
I come up with lyrics and storylines for my muisc in the shower, so I never get in with a blank mind. I take a notebook everywhere – even there! It’s always soggy and the writing’s pretty much illegible.

You were known for outlandish clothes in the 1980s. Are you still passionate about fashion?
I try to dress approproately – my time for showing flesh has definitely passed! I don’t know how Madonna does it. But I do still dress creatlively and I think it’s really important at my age (Toyah is in her 50s) to look well groomed.

You’re supporting Acupuncture Awareness Week. What made you start using acupuncture?
I’ve always lived with insomnia, and I realised I had to address what had become a chronic problem.

Acupuncture worked for me straightaway. I’m now up to seven hours of sleep a night, from three or four. I don’t think it’s a cure-all, but it’s a fantastic complimentary therapy to Western medicine.

To find out more visit www.introducingacupuncture.co.uk. To find a registered practioner in your area, check with the British Acupuncture Council [020 8735 0400] (Thanks to Andrea & acupuncture.org.uk)