Toyah ready to rip
THE neat and sweet pink dress from the promo photos might make Toyah Willcox look like a Stepford Wife or an extra from The Hour, but Hormonal Housewives, she says, is far from sugar-coated.
She and her sisters-in-theatre, Julie Coombe and Sarah Jane Buckley, will let rip on everything from domestic chores to challenging teenagers in the show, at Swansea Grand Theatre on Monday.
Toyah says the piece has a high quotient of raunch.
"It is a very naughty show and it isn't man-hating at all, but it is a massive celebration of women.
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"We are all talking about ourselves and our lives, with our words being worked into a script by Julie."
Toyah has never been one to hide the fine print of her own life and it has been a colourful one — from wayward teenage years to becoming the wild child of Derek Jarman's National Theatre, hyper-sexualised pop stardom and an unconventional marriage to guitar hero Robert Fripp, her revelations should be head-turners.
"There is a lot of sex in my part, yes," she says.
But there is also a rare declaration that the menopause, which she has been acquainted with for a handful of years now, can be a welcome visitor.
"I have been governed by my hormones since I was a young child, until five years ago, and I hated those changes — the highs and lows I would get depending on the time of the month.
"And I always resented the fact that I had to deal with hormones for all of those years even though I had no intention of having children. In medieval times women were only fertile for ten years or so, but since we are living healthier lives now it is an issue for women for much longer."
Not feeling maternal, despite having teenage children, and battling with lifelong weight worries also rear their heads in the show, with the other actresses baring their souls.
Toyah admits she hasn't spent much time on weight concerns: "I just couldn't be bothered, but those things really do hit a chord with the audience."
But her life, it seems, is as conventional and as domestic now as it has ever been, with she and her husband living in the same home these days.
She hasn't exactly become Nigella Lawson though.
"Robert is semi-retired now so he spends a lot of time at home and he loves being a house husband.
"I am away for 300 days of the year and he is a fantastic husband who understands that I don't want to be cooking a meal when I get home.
"But having just a few days of the year together makes us determined to do things with our time that we have always wanted to do, like visit the Grand Place in Belgium and see the Northern Lights.
"Our life together is different now, but still neither of us is able to be mollycoddled or trapped. Relationships work for us when we can see where the escape route is — that is how we are able to stay."
#Hormonal Housewives moves on to Cardiff's New Theatre on April 4 and 5.