Paperclip's upcoming production Dandelion is set in Margate in 1988, just after the introduction of Clause 28, which made ‘the promotion of homosexuality’ illegal in schools.
Dandelion interlinks the two separate stories of 16-year-old student Claire and her teacher Ann, looking at how they both deal with the fallout from Clause 28. With one discovering her sexuality for the first time, and the other having been in a committed homosexual relationship for two years, we see them deal with both external and internalised homophobia, and how that affects them both in discovering their identities. These themes are also intermixed with ideas around female friendships, and what it means to feel in love and lost at the same time.
The play is written by Paperclip writer Jennifer Cerys and will be directed by our Creative Director Adriana Sanford. As LGBTQ women themselves, Jennifer and Adriana decided to create Dandelion due to their desire to see lesbian and bisexual women on stage, as well as to explore queer history, with this year marking 30 years since the introduction of Clause 28.
Dandelion will be on at the King's Head Theatre on 16th and 17th December.