Musician, songwriter, actress and author, Toyah Willcox is one of Birmingham’s best known contemporaries.
Born in Kings Heath, growing up in the family house on Grove Road, Toyah Willcox is a self confessed enemy of convention.
Reportedly suffering bullying at school, due to her limp (from a spine defect at birth) and lisp, Toyah turned the tables one day, when she ‘got into class, picked up chair and threw it at the main bully.’
After school, Toyah worked to pay her way through drama school; where a chance referral saw her as ‘Sue’ – in Tony Bicat’s short play ‘Glitter’.
From there Toyah was picked for a place at the National Theatre, where she met Derek Jarman – first appearing as ‘Mad’ in his seminal punk film, ‘Jubilee’.
Forming her first band around the same time, the eponymous ‘Toyah’ were signed to a German imprint – Safari Records, in 1978.
Their debut single, ‘Victims of the Riddle’ reached No1 in the Independent charts, with the subsequent album – ‘The Blue Meaning’, entering the Top 40; spawning an ATV Documentary and accompanying live album.
Toyah Willcox has also written two books, appeared in over 40 stage plays and 10 feature films.
For more on Toyah Willcox, visit http://www.toyahwillcox.com
For more info about Toyah’s Walk of Fame Concert, alongside other gigs at the Hare and Hounds, visit http://hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk