SUPERMIND

Supermind, a new live radio show from the brilliant AUK Studios, starring the fantastic 80s music legend Toyah Wilcox. Someone who has had 8 top 40 singles, released over 20 albums and written two books. Also starring Colin McFarlane, a British actor best known for his role as Gillian B. Loeb in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy and Ulysses in the STARZ television drama series Outlander. As well as Julie-Ann Dean who has dubbed over 35 children’s films and series including versions of Max & Ruby, Paw Patrol and much more.

Coming soon.


Toyah Willcox

The 1980s music icon…

Words: Colleen Considine

For anyone who grew-up in or is a particular fan of the 80s, Toyah Willcox will be a familiar name, a musician who has had 8 top 40 singles and released over 20 albums. With some including, The Challenging, released in 1982, Anthem, released in 1981 and Minx, released in 1985.

More recently she has become notorious for her ‘Sunday Lunch’ kitchen performances beside her husband, prog rock legend Robert Fripp of King Crimson. Back in the day however, Toyah rocked vibrant orange hair, owning the stage whilst breaking-down creative barriers. Toyah rebelled against conformist expectations through music and fashion. Exuberant outfits that defied gender-norm expectations, Toyah didn’t have to dress with a safety pin through her nose to understand and live punk. She constantly challenged the conservative understanding of rebellion by authentically being who she was.

For the modern generation, the fact of dying your hair or wearing vibrant clothing isn’t something new. But it’s within songs like ‘I Want To Be Free’ where we get an understanding about how important identity was for Toyah and many others. ‘I’m gonna turn this world inside out’, Toyah was a woman with a lisp whose look didn’t exactly resonate with the pop charts of the time. She was full of female power and looking back, in a lot of ways she was ahead of the curve. What you wear and how you look doesn’t describe you as a person, but a lot of people tend to judge on their first look at you. It’s just one aspect of someone and there’s a lot more to it as Toyah describes in the lyric ‘So what if I dye my hair? I’ve still got a brain up there’.

She resonates with a lot of young people today; you don’t have to dress a certain way to be part of a particular group. Just like the fact you don’t have to dress as a stereotypical punk to live and breathe revolt. Some of her most famous songs include, ‘It’s A Mystery’, ‘Don’t Fall in Love’ and ‘Echo Beach’ you’ve most certainly heard them being blasted on your parents record player.

As well as being an 80s music legend, Toyah is also known for her acting career, playing Monkey in the 1979 mod classic ‘Quadrophenia’ and in the 1978 female driving force film ‘Jubilee’. Most recently Toyah has taken to the West End stage in 2003 to perform the role of Calamity Jane. A role for which she was awarded an Evening Standard Award for Best Musical. This year Toyah is taking to the stage again, with upcoming gigs all around the United Kingdom, a world away from her kitchen performances everyone’s used to.


Colin McFarlane

Words: Colleen Considine

Colin McFarlane is an actor you just can’t miss, his name pops up everywhere from TV, film, voice acting to video games and theatre. You’ll instantly recognise him for portraying Police Commissioner Loeb in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. Or perhaps you’re a Doctor Who fan, in which case you’ll remember him for voicing the Heavenly Host in the Christmas special ‘Voyage of the Damned. Including playing Moran in the Under the Lake and Before the Flood episodes of the ninth Doctor Who series. No doubt you’d have seen him in TV favourites like Casualty, Jonathan Creek, Death in Paradise and Holby City.

In a lot of Colin’s roles, he fills the character with such presence and confidence you just won’t forget him when you leave the cinema. As well as all the serious roles, children should know the characters he voices. Having voiced JJ and Skip in the original series of Bob the Builder, Mr. Lion in Peppa Pig and PC Malcom Williams in the brand-new re-issue of Fireman Sam.

With such a varied career, Colin started when he attended Loughborough University reading drama, for which he graduated in 1983. It was in 1985 when he got his first professional television role with a three-episode guest stint as Detective Sergeant Watson in ITV’s show Dempsey and Makepeace. He would then go on to feature in TV-film Dutch Girls, alongside Colin Firth as well as the 2001 film with Alison Steadman and Stephen Mangan, Chunky Monkey.

In more recent years we’ve seen Colin star in the popular television series Outlander as Ulysses, as well as being in the iconic 2014 Eastenders storyline “Who Killed Lucy Beale?” where he played DCI Irving in an episode. This year in-fact you’ll see Colin in the upcoming Disney film, Jungle Cruise, starring Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Paul Giamatti and Jack Whitehall, Colin will play the character Dromm. Colin McFarlane is an actor you’ll be sure to see more of, from both AUK and beyond!

Colin McFarlane is an actor you just can’t miss, his name pops up everywhere from TV, film, voice acting to video games and theatre. You’ll instantly recognise him for portraying Police Commissioner Loeb in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. Or perhaps you’re a Doctor Who fan, in which case you’ll remember him for voicing the Heavenly Host in the Christmas special ‘Voyage of the Damned. Including playing Moran in the Under the Lake and Before the Flood episodes of the ninth Doctor Who series. No doubt you’d have seen him in TV favourites like Casualty, Jonathan Creek, Death in Paradise and Holby City.

In a lot of Colin’s roles, he fills the character with such presence and confidence you just won’t forget him when you leave the cinema. As well as all the serious roles, children should know the characters he voices. Having voiced JJ and Skip in the original series of Bob the Builder, Mr. Lion in Peppa Pig and PC Malcom Williams in the brand-new re-issue of Fireman Sam.

With such a varied career, Colin started when he attended Loughborough University reading drama, for which he graduated in 1983. It was in 1985 when he got his first professional television role with a three-episode guest stint as Detective Sergeant Watson in ITV’s show Dempsey and Makepeace. He would then go on to feature in TV-film Dutch Girls, alongside Colin Firth as well as the 2001 film with Alison Steadman and Stephen Mangan, Chunky Monkey.

In more recent years we’ve seen Colin star in the popular television series Outlander as Ulysses, as well as being in the iconic 2014 Eastenders storyline “Who Killed Lucy Beale?” where he played DCI Irving in an episode. This year in-fact you’ll see Colin in the upcoming Disney film, Jungle Cruise, starring Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Paul Giamatti and Jack Whitehall, Colin will play the character Dromm. Colin McFarlane is an actor you’ll be sure to see more of, from both AUK and beyond!