New Internationalist

Bearded ladies and borscht

This season it looks like my kitchen garden is going to be overrun with, among other things, beetroot. So I’d like to make some borscht. The thought of this (funny how a solitary garden vegetable can set the mind adrift to contemplate global politics) gets me thinking about life in Poland, and reminds me of an encounter I had with a Pole at one of my first gigs outside London a few years ago.

The gig was forTimberlina is the alter ego of artist/performer Tim Redfern, whose work aims to challenge the status quo of mainstream consumer culture whilst championing sustainability, craft and frugal living – all while looking fabulous. Tim is also a curator and facilitator of museum events around sexuality and cultural history.

Timberlina will be appearing in ‘I Love You, But We Only Have 14 Minutes To Save The Earth’, a creative collision of cabaret, live art and film conceived by award-winning director Nathan Evans  Described by the Guardian as ‘A happy dose of queer cabaret’, it serves up serious subjects such as ecology, spirituality and politics with a shot of anarchic humour and a dash of radical glamour

4-7 July Soho Theatre, London W1D 3NE
14 July Latitude Festival
For national tour dates this autumn please visit

Text copyright Tim Redfern 2012. 

Photo of Pride flag by essygie under a CC Licence

Photo of Timberlina copyright Justin David

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