Temeka Lawlor is a professional actor and children’s theatre enthusiast. She has collaborated frequently with Patch Theatre over the past two years, including co-developing and performing in Patch’s ZOOOM last year. Temeka is over the moon about performing in Me & My Shadow for the second time in 2020.
What was your first ever acting role?
Technically my first ever acting role was in the Gumeracha Primary School Christmas concert. I was in year two and I remember being so excited when my wonderful teacher Mrs Whitehead said I was going to play Kylie Minogue in a dance to the song “The Loco-motion”. I had a couple of lines and got to lead everyone at the front of the stage. I’ve been hooked on performing ever since!
My first professional role was in a show called The Terrible Infants, performed in Adelaide Fringe. I was 14 and my incredible drama teacher Kristina Vonow produced the show and directed a few of her most enthusiastic drama students in this high-energy storytelling ensemble piece. I played many roles, as did the whole cast, and it was the most incredible and playful experience. I owe Kristina a lot of credit for where I am now – she’s the first person who believed in me and made me realise acting was an option as a career.
Tell us about your role in Me & My Shadow.
I play the child in Me & My Shadow. She is a quiet creative and her imagination is limitless. She is always making, playing and problem-solving and she enjoys doing this on her own. Like me, she’s an introvert and refills her energy while she’s alone.
Through the show she is tested when her imagination – her shadow – comes to life! She learns to make friends with people who have a different energy – her shadow is silly and loud and pushes her into worlds of play and imagination that she wasn’t brave enough to go to alone.
My role as the girl is to invite the audience into her world and share this story with them. Maybe the story one audience member gets from the show is different from the person next to them, and at Patch that is more than okay, even encouraged!