Speaker / Host
Toyah Willcox is an energetic, passionate, motivational and stimulating speaker. She is also a great believer in re-invention being the key to career survival. She also believes new challenges keep you young at heart. In a career spanning over 43 years, Toyah has had 15 top 40 singles, recorded 29 studio albums, appeared in over 40 stage plays and made 25 feature films.
About Toyah Willcox
Toyah Willcox, as an actress, has appeared in countless TV dramas as well as being a hugely successful TV and Radio presenter. Along with her husband, Toyah and Robert’s Sunday Lunch on Youtube has been a huge worldwide hit and has amassed over 110 million views. Toyah has recently received critical acclaim for her role as Alice in the movie Give Them Wings and her 1981 Gold album Anthem has re-entered the charts after a 41 year gap!
In a career spanning over 25 years, Toyah has had 13 top 40 singles, made 15 solo albums, appeared in over 20 stage plays and made 10 feature films. She achieved major acclaim for her role as Calamity Jane, which toured nationally and finished with 3 months in the West End.
In 2003, apart from appearing on the stage, Toyah also took part in ITV’s ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’. In August 2000 Toyah’s autobiography ‘Living Out Loud’ (Hodder & Stoughton) was released. Throughout all this, Toyah continued to appear on stage in various theatrical roles, still performed with her band, wrote for newspapers and worked on her own novel – ‘Diary Of a Facelift’. Toyah Willcox continues to tour venues in the UK and further afield.
Throughout her career, Toyah has maintained a deep interest in social issues and is particularly passionate about education. She is also, as her career will show, an expert on re-invention.
This is a twenty minute autobiographical speech about her years at school. She had dyslexia and her school didn’t cater for this learning difficulty. She was expected to slip through the educational net. But she didn’t. As in most cases of dyslexia there is usually an area the dyslexic excels in, and her area was performance. She tells this as a motivational and all too common story, which she wishes the whole audience can relate to. Also, that it is never too late to learn, we live in privileged times where education is our right and that learning should be a lifetime friend. As with all her speeches, this is poignant and hopefully light and funny, but also motivating.
This is best suited to an adult audience who is embarking on adult education.
In the past it has also gone down particularly well with teachers.
This speaks for itself. After 25 years in the business there are an awful lot of stories to tell. All her stories are either wicked or spicy and she tries to make every thing very down to earth. From playing the donkey in the school nativity, to wearing a rubber dress on the set of Das Boat in Germany, where on a hot summer’s evening when the dress decided to constrict like a rubber band and leave her starkers in front of two hundred strangers. Her stories are slightly silly and very light hearted.
This speech appeals to anyone, it isn’t political and doesn’t make any social comment, it’s just fun.