Sandi Toksvig | York Barbican

Artist Interview: Sandi Toksvig

02 Jan 2019

Sandi Toksvig is the sort of lovable figure that everyone would consider their friend. 

She is widely a national treasure, which brings us to her latest live show, The National Trevor Tour.

Throughout the show, expect Sandi to amuse her audience with a raft of funny facts, "I'm endlessly interested in things, I think any details are funny. Did you know that the glue on Israeli postage stamps is Kosher?"

Sandi will also invite the audience to help her conduct a piece of music, too. "I get them to conduct Beethoven's Ode to Joy. I chose that piece because Beethoven was deaf by the time he completed it." 

"It's remarkable to want to create music when you can't hear it. On the night of the premiere, he was seen running through the streets shouting, 'Grab life by the throat!' That's what I'm saying in this show."

The aspect of the tour Sandi is most looking forward to is the audience interaction. She adores the spontaneity of it all. "I can't wait to get out there. The best bit is not me talking to them but them talking to me. Me talking? Not so interesting. Them talking? Very interesting!"

Sandi, who was a very popular host of Radio 4's News Quiz for a decade, proceeds to reveal her love of performing live, ‎"There is still something magical about sharing an evening out at the theatre."

"It's about getting people to put their phones away, engaging with the show and listening to other people laughing, hopefully, or weeping!"

Sandi proceeds to outline where the show's title comes from. "One day, a friend of mine was extremely rude to me‎. So in the middle of this argument, I said to her, don't you know I'm a National Treasure?"

"And she replied,'You're a National Trevor?' Then her husband said, 'Who's been calling her Trevor?' Now they call me Trevor. So that's why I gave the show this title. I'm going around the country looking for all the National Trevors. I'm celebrating people."

Sandi muses on what she hopes audiences will take away from National Trevor, "I hope they think that they have had a really good evening, that they're had a great laugh and that I'm much younger, taller and thinner in the flesh!"

Click here to get your tickets for Sandi Toksvig: The National Trevor Tour