The dandelion clock is a symbol for old age — extremely old age. It stars in the logo for 90 Plus, the production group behind The Secret Lives of Extremely Old People, my new play. We’re using theatre to combat ageism — and have a lot of fun.
A play production needs a logo. So I made one. Yes it’s rough and ready, but I feel a bit proud of the concept.
A dandelion grows old in front of our very eyes
Neil Bromhall made a time lapse video of dandelion flowers growing very old. It’s a ballet!
The dandelion seed head has so many subtle and positive connotations for me. Here are a few in an instant poem.
90 plus (instant poem)
The dandelion clock is ticking 90, 91, 92, 93 holding on and ticking 99 for me, 94 for you The dandelion flower imagines fading, shrivelling, shedding not exploding into something shimmering and new Extremely old, the dandelion floats a little fragile fractures with a whisper seeds a generation makes a wish come true
Bring me your brains!
I’ve barely touched the surface of this comparison. Do you have memories of blowing the dandelion clock? Did a wish come true when with one breath you blew off all the seeds?
And as logo, what does the dandelion clock mean for a play called The Secret Lives of Extremely Old People? When you see the logo and the play title together, does it make sense to you?
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