OOOOOHHHHHH I am very excited. It is MAY!
This means long light days! YIPEE! It's the beginning of summer! YIPEE!!!! AND it's my birthday month, my husband's birthday month AND our wedding anniversary! YIPPEEEEEEEEEE!
We, THE FRIPPS, could say we have celebrated this by appearing on MR & MRS. ITV'S cult, yes, cult programme about spouses and their knowledge of each other. Back in the 70's I used to watch this programme with the entire Willcox family, totally astounded that any couple could actually get a question wrong. But fast forward to 2013 and the new series is clever, funny and in my opinion addictive. I won't say who won but the questions caught us both out with hilarious twists and turns.
This was Mr. Fripp's debut turn on a prime time ITV game show and he was fabulous. He even allowed the make-up department to airbrush foundation onto his face. Shock horror, I was really concerned about this and I was ready to jump in and stop anything that would make him regret being the centre of attention (because he doesn't like being the focus point) but hubby was fantastic and I believe he enjoyed the process.
He instinctively entered into the spirit of it all. The production company was so excited he was there. It was obvious there were a lot of Fripp fans working on the programme. It was such a good experience that it is possible we will be working together on TV in the future. We are beginning talks this summer about a show (and I don't mean fly on the wall reality) recorded from our home. So lets see what happens, but everyone agrees Mr. Fripp has a talent for quirky comedy and I have a talent for being quirky………………THE FRIPPS the next chapter awaits………it might mean I see more of him too!
HORMONAL HOUSEWIVES has been great! It still goes from strength to strength, with sell out shows, great reviews and it remains lots of fun. I have loved this way of touring, a different venue every night. It suits my temperament, as someone who adores constant change!
As I write this we are in our last three weeks of our 12 week tour. It has been fantastic being on stage, acting again and I am certainly up for more touring shows in the future. It's given me the bug.Comedy is such a wonderful way to go to work and it is a brilliant medium to learn about. I don't know how stand up comics do it. I certainly would never ever attempt stand up, far too scary, but to have the right script for the right audience has been a total blessing.
So onwards and upwards, as of May the 27th it's back to my other day job, being a singer!
The autumn tour is shaping up and we should be announcing the dates any day now. London, Manchester and Bristol are solid, we are now awaiting confirmation on a few other dates before we announce. We have decided to keep it selective and to main venues as I have a TV series to shoot in the autumn, but there will be enough venues for everyone to reach and to follow us around the country. The tour set will include songs from LOVE IS THE LAW, CRIMSON QUEEN, ANTHEM, CHANGELING and SHEEP FARMING, in that order of priority.
Next year I might tour CRIMSON QUEEN, in it's own right, especially if I can pin SIMON DARLOW down to record the follow up and to come and do some dates too. CQ is a fantastic album and it has had such a great response in the industry I'd like to give it the time it deserves. But this isn't my priority just yet.
Autumn is the priority just now.
Once the HORMONAL HOUSEWIVES tour ends I can start intensive physio to regain my muscle strength after what has been one of the worst illness of my life. I am the other side now but the virus (still unknown) has taken quite a toll on me. It has worked its way through every joint, causing imflamation and severe pain. But as my specialist said " you are the healthiest 54 year old I have seen, there is nothing wrong with you, other than a virus has hit your nervous system, so that's the good news!"
Last week I had a large shot of steroids into my backside and today I feel like super women! I cannot start the physio, properly, until I am off the road because the virus has conditioned my nerves to react as if I have broken a bone if I over stress a joint. The result being I am incapacitated for a few days after physio, but I can re-condition this out of my muscles once I have the space for recovery time.
I would like to thank everyone who has come to see HORMONAL HOUSEWIVES. Thank you for your support and the joy of your laughter. AND a massive thank you to the cast, crew and production team who have supported me through this damned illness and made it possible for me to keep working.
AND a massive THANK YOU to my wonderful agents who have been there for me all the way. Lastly, THANK YOU to the production team of MR.& MRS who looked after me brilliantly too! THANK YOU. YOU HAVE BEEN ANGELS AT MY SIDE!
Now let the summer start! I can't wait.
BE PROUD, BE LOUD, BE HEARD.
LOTS OF LOVE TOYAH