Punk princess of the 1980s Toyah Willcox is now trying her hand at stand-up comedy.

This spring she is on the road with Hormonal Housewives, a sketch show covering all things woman.

Toyah and her stage cohorts, Julie Coombes and Sarah-Jane Buckley, stop off in Swindon as part of the UK tour next Tuesday.

The singer says she is having a good giggle every night, not just with her mates on stage, but with a whole room full of women on a girls’ night out.

“It is like nothing I have done before,” she said. “It is an observational piece, little scenes where women recognise themselves when they are moaning about their men or boasting about their kids. We cover book groups, erotic literature and a gym scene, which is all girlie bad, and the audience love it.”

The singer/songwriter said she found it challenging at first to play six characters and to be massively anecdotal about her own life, but soon got into her stride.

“I do 10 interviews a day with the press so talking about myself to the audience is not that different – and I like stand-up comedy,” she said.

Toyah has been in showbiz for more than 30 years, appearing on TV, writing two books, starring in 40 plays and 10 movies, including Quadrophenia. However, the singer is probably best known for her music, notching up 13 top 40 singles and recording 20 albums. She admits it is her first love.

“It is the most rewarding job, I love to be creative, write music and go on the road with my band,” she said.

Along with the Toyah Willcox rock band the singer is also part of trio called The Humans featuring Bill Rieflin, the drummer from REM and Chris Wong.

They got together in 2007 and played for the President of Estonia’s birthday celebrations. “It went down so well we decided to make the album We Are The Humans,’’ said Toyah.

The songwriter has been married to star guitarist, Robert Fripp from the rock band King Crimson, for 27 years. She says that he is semi retired and does not have much to do with her musical world. She says they prefer to keep their house life normal, and certainly don’t jam together in the kitchen.

“He plays classical music for pleasure but I heard him listening to Humans Three and I was thrilled he was listening to that,’’ she said.

Hormonal Housewives is coming to Swindon’s Wyvern Theatre on Tuesday, April 30, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £21 from 01793 524481. - Flicky Harrison