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3 August 2023


By Hosanna Johnson, part of Camden Fringe Festival 2023

Dandelions and Poppy

A new play about the experience of coming out as lesbian with the help of your dog.


Dandelions and Poppy is a new play about the experience of coming out as lesbian for two teenagers Connie and Rosa with the help of their dog, Poppy.


Poppy is a lesbian and only wants to have sex with other girl dogs. Connie and Rosa are best friends but when Poppy starts to make a scene in the park Connie opens about her sexuality as well as her thoughts on Poppy’s bold behaviour. Poppy is full of love and acceptance, but Connie’s Pentecostal Christian parents make her journey to accepting herself as well as poppy much harder than she wants it to be.


A play that starts with a lesbian dog might sound like a funny thing to see on stage, that’s because it is funny. This is a coming-of-age story about figuring out who you are and the need for acceptance not just from others but from yourself.


Hosanna Johnson is graduating Rose Bruford South West in the summer 2024. Dandelions and Poppy is her first full length play. Hosanna has been a Gate Theatre Young Associate since 2019 and has written a short audio play 'George' 2021 for Gates Generations celebrating the theatres 40-year anniversary. In 2022 Hosanna and wrote and performed in the Caravan Theatre in Camden for the Gate Theatres Caravan Project. Hosanna is a member of Arts Emergency Youth Collective. In August 2022 she performed in 'Bogeyman' that went to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Pleasance Theatre.


Alice Mae is proud northern actor from Worksop. She’s lived in London for over 6 years training at Collage Voices under the mentorship of Che Walker and Steve Medlin. She’s also alumni of Theatre Royal Stratford East RADA/Guildhall programme and TRSE’s youth group.


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