Following a quartet of gay characters connected by lust, loneliness and love, Angus Cameron’s Cavemxn explores lives shaped by contemporary hook-up culture with unflinching wit – and although it is limned by tragic events and melodramatic flourishes, the dominant mode is a vigorous, unsentimental style of existential sex comedy." (4 stars)
Cameron Woodhead on "Cavemxn", The Age
Bronwen's directing process is drawn from her work and training at the Actors Studio under practitioners such as Elizabeth Kemp and Arthur Penn. Using techniques like improvisation, animal work and dream work, Bronwen's approach has been developed to foster a distinct, truthful and specific relationship between actor and text, actor and castmate, and cast and audience.
She believes in the transformative immediacy of theatre and is passionate about fostering projects with a strong social justice component through the Anthropocene Play Company, of which she is founding Artistic Director.
Toorak Manor, Melbourne Fringe 2022
"...one of Fringe’s hottest tickets, having been sold out weeks before their opening - I can see how audiences might resort to subterfuge to get into Toorak Manor to experience it.
...the ground floor of the gorgeous historical building has been taken over for a tour of interconnected playlets set against the backdrop of the catastrophic bushfires of 2020...
Each scene features a different exploration of sexual power, violation, transaction, abuse or compromise. The small audience are seated in small spaces, mostly bedrooms to bear witness.
Bronwen Coleman directs with minute emotional restraint, guiding her actors through the subtlest of emotional shifts and interactions, encouraging whole histories to emerge via flickers in the eyes or movements in the hands.
Ignis made me feel sordid, tainted by association and in need of a shower, it’s fantastic.
-Darby Turnbull, Theatre Matters - 4 stars
Adelaide Fringe Festival and Melbourne Fringe Festival 2022
Winner Mindshare Mental Health Awareness and Critics Awards
"Naomi is a masterclass in acting by Patrick Livesey. By taking us into the lives of eight people associated with his mother up to her death by suicide, Livesey shares her story in the knowledge that understanding her plight may help more people to find a way out of their darkness.
Bronwen Coleman’s direction rightly focuses on Livesey’s ability to immerse himself thoroughly in the material. As he walks into each light it’s as if the character that lives in that light inhabits his body and he becomes that character for a brief time. It is mesmerizing to watch.
Naomi is the must-see piece of theatre of the Fringe and proves that Patrick Livesey is a force in modern Australian theatre."
-Barry Hill, Stage Whispers - 5 stars
Adelaide Fringe Festival 2020
Winner Frank Ford and Critics Awards
‘Occasionally, 60 minutes can change your life, and for me, Patrick Livesey’s production of Dirt is an example of how fine theatre can showcase and educate about human rights issues in a subtle, compelling way...Livesey, as the Russian, is pushy, charismatic and almost balletic in stalking and maneuvering around Wil King, who just happens to be his real life partner, and their total trust shows. King and Livesay, both experienced performers, have been so tightly directed by Bronwen Coleman, that a number of times, they move as one...Dirt is seductive, enlightening and challenging. Most significantly it is a masterclass in capturing all of the elements of highly professional, relevant theatre. COVID robs us of full audiences, and for Dirt, this is a travesty, because as many people as possible should enjoy this beautiful piece of theatre.’ (https://www.stagewhispers.com.au/reviews/dirt)
-Jude Hines, Stage Whispers - 5 stars
Melbourne Fringe Festival 2019
"This wonderful short play by Tennessee Williams, presented by the Anthropocene Play Company, introduces Melbourne Fringe audiences to Miss Cornelia Scott and her secretary slash companion, Grace. We meet these ladies on the fifteenth anniversary of Grace joining the household, on the very day that Cornelia hopes to be elected (by acclamation only, mind) as Regent of the Confederate Daughters Society. ...In this production, director Bronwen Coleman has highlighted the tragedy of the women’s’ situation and there is certainly much tragedy to be found... The performance is accompanied by live music, both at introduction and in those critical moments where records are played onstage; the music that smooths over everything and allows the unsaid to remain so. It brought an immediacy to those moments that simply would not have been achieved with recorded sound effects...Something Unspoken is a terrific play. It was a pleasure to watch and a highlight of this year's Melbourne Fringe." - Virginia Proud, theatrepeople.com.au