Precious Things

… is new work being developed by Temeka Lawlor for children and the young at heart.

Temeka was inspired to make this work as a response to two things:

  • her struggle to control a messy, beautiful and imperfect world
  • her mother’s old match box filled to the brim of tiny things

In early 2022, Temeka began the slow-burn process of bringing Precious Things to life by inviting five talented and inspiring theatre makers to spend five days working in the studio with her.

The goal was to create a pool of content, ideas, thoughts, scenes, modules and magic.

The process was planned and documented on Milanote.

temeka headshot

After 100s of hours of preliminary research, planning and dreaming on her own and many hours consulting with her mentors Dave Brown and Geoff Cobham, Temeka entered the studio with her theatre-making team and together they created content in response to provocations, improvisations and though experiments.

“It’s important to have clear goals and plans for your making process, but I’ve learnt you must also be comfortable and flexible enough to go down unplanned pathways if you’re discovering something interesting in the room.”

Temeka Lawlor – Conceptualist/Director/Theatre-Maker/Performer

“As an emerging director/theatre-maker, one of the most important things I’ve learnt from this process is the importance of inspiring, then empowering the creative team; supporting them in a way that gives them ownership of the work.”

Temeka Lawlor – Conceptualist/Director/Theatre-Maker/Performer

“My mantra has become: provide clear directions and then get out of the way!  This approach is the most conducive to producing innovation, creativity and magic.”

Temeka Lawlor – Conceptualist/Director/Theatre-Maker/Performer


Conceptualist/Director/TheatreMaker: Temeka Lawlor
Provocateur/Mentor: Dave Brown
Mentor: Geoff Cobham
Administrative Support: Penny Camens through the auspicing of the grant by Patch Theatre Company
This project was supported by The PaperBoats and funded by the SA Government through Carclew.

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