cavemxn by Angus Cameron
love, sex, loneliness & heartbreak... with just a sniff of amyl
cavemxn is a contemporary queer odyssey making its world premiere this November at Chapel Off Chapel. An incisive portrait of intimacy in the digital age, cavemxn will premiere during the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Victoria and the first Australian diagnosis of HIV/AIDS. This searing, epic exploration of queer love will confront one reality of being queer in Australia today and unapologetically ask ‘what now? What else?’
Directed by Bronwen Coleman
Written by Angus Cameron
Set & Costume Design by XaSha Chua-Higgins
Performed by Wil King, Patrick Livesey, Yuchen Wang & Harvey Zielinski
Produced by Patrick Livesey, Wil King & Anthropocene Play Company
Bronwen is an internationally accredited neurodivergent and disabled actor, director and teacher. Having lived in New York for more than a decade, she is a Life Member of the Actors Studio, and has appeared in theatre, television and films in both America and Australia, including the Academy Award winning “Capote” opposite Phillip Seymour Hoffman. As a director, Bronwen is known for her in-depth rehearsal style, drawing on techniques developed at the Actors Studio. Bronwen is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts School of Film and Television (BFTV) and the Actors Studio Drama School (MFA). Bronwen is a 2020 Theatre Works Associate Artist and is the Founder and Artistic Director of Anthropocene Play Company (APC). Her directing credits include From Here to Maternity (Chapel off Chapel, 2016), Daniel Nellor's The Will (Brightspace, 2018), Something Unspoken (Melbourne Fringe, 2019), Scarborough (The Burrows, 2020) and the award-winning DIRT by Angus Cameron (Adelaide Fringe, 2021) and Naomi (Adelaide Fringe, 2022). In 2021 Bronwen staged a reading of APC’s first new work, Daniel Nellor’s Ignis, supported by the City of Casey. Ignis will premiere in 2022.
Angus is a playwright and academic. He is the author of Australian Open, which was part of Melbourne Theatre Company’s Cybec Electric season in 2019 and was produced by Bub at Kings Cross Theatre in 2020. His play DIRT was presented at Holden Street Theatres for the 2021 Adelaide Fringe Festival, selling out it’s six-week run and winning four Adelaide Fringe awards including The Adelaide Critics Circle Award. Other plays include; The Profit, which was part of Sydney Theatre Company’s 2017 Rough Drafts program; Cavemen, which was longlisted for Red Stitch’s INK program and was the winner of their Midsumma Queer Playwriting award; On Behalf of Everyone Everywhere, part of a collection of short ‘plays for Australia’ at Arts Centre Melbourne; Human Error, produced by Bakers Dozen; as well as several other works. He is currently undertaking a Ph.D. in theatre with Raimondo Cortese at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Set & Costume Designer
XaSha Chua-Huggins is a Set and Costume Designer/Maker who intends to create escapist outlets. She is eager to provide opportunities for audiences to periodically observe and exist within alternate realities. In 2021, XaSha graduated from a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Design and Production), at the Victorian College of the Arts; The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music. Some of XaSha’s design credits include VCA Set Designer for Sweet Charity directed by Jayde Kirchert; VCA Associate Set Designer for Cloud Nine directed by Maude Davey; VCA Set and Costume Designer for Pile of Bones choreographed by Stephanie Lake. Devoted to generating moments to dream, XaSha aspires to create unique worlds for all forms of entertainment.
Trans-masculine actor/writer Harvey Zielinski has consistently been recognised as one of Australia’s best emerging talents. Harvey is a two time Heath Ledger Scholarship finalist (top 10, 2018 and top 6, 2021) and a Casting Guild of Australia Rising Star Award recipient (2018). Harvey is best known for Catherine Hardwicke’s (Twilight) sci-fi series Don’t Look Deeper. Harvey graduated from The National Theatre Drama School in 2017, as their Cybec Foundation Scholarship recipient. Straight out of drama school, Harvey was chosen to be the Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre graduate ensemble member for 2018, performing there in Taylor Mac’s Hir (starring Belinda McClory of The Matrix fame), Annie Baker’s The Antipodes and Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer. Harvey is currently filming the Amazon Original comedy series Deadloch. Other screen credits include Love Me (Warner Bros.), Spreadsheet (Paramount+), Metrosexual (9Now and OUTtv), My First Summer (STAN), Why Are You Like This (ABC/Netflix) and Get Krack!n (ABC). Harvey’s stage credits include Malthouse Theatre Company’s production Because the Night (Matt Lutton). Harvey’s first audiobook narration for Craig Silvey’s (Jasper Jones) Honeybee earned him a 2021 ABIA Audiobook of the Year nomination.
Yuchen completed a Bachelor Degree of Theatre Practice at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2015. Some of his credits include 4:48 Psychosis directed by Justin Nott, Cloudstreet directed by Julian Fuentes Reta and The Human Project for the Frisk at 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival and the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival. In 2016, he performed in Malthouse’s Approximate Translation directed by Felix Ching Ching Ho. In 2017, Yuchen performed in the leading role of Malthouse’s Little Emperors, written by Lachlan Philpott and directed by Wang Chong. In 2018, he performed in
Little Ones Theatre’s Nightingale and The Rose. In 2019, Yuchen played the Translator in Golden Shield (MTC). He also appeared in the mini series Chosen, produced by Playmaker/Sony and directed by Tony Tilse, Hungry Ghosts (SBS), web series Girl, Interpreted by Grace Feng.
Wil is a gender-fluid actor, writer and producer. They recently starred in Why Are You Like This for ABC and Netflix, playing outrageous drag queen, Austin. After graduating from 16th Street’s full-time program, Wil wrote, produced and starred in the short film Fragile. They then went on to make their professional debut in Strangers in Between opposite Simon Burke AO and Helpmann Award Winner Guy Simon at fortyfive downstairs and then Sydney's Seymour Centre, gaining rave reviews for their performance of Shane. They have since collaborated again with Strangers director Daniel Lammin on Sneakyville at fortyfive downstairs, playing a reimagined Charles Manson. In 2021, along with partner Patrick Livesey, Wil commissioned, produced and performed the sell-out, multi-award-winning thriller DIRT by Angus Cameron which toured to Adelaide, Perth and will soon premiere in Melbourne. So far in 2022, Wil has produced and starred in a reimagined production of Venus in Fur opposite Bridget Gao-Hollitt, which received multiple five-star reviews and won an Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award for Best Theatre. Wil is currently developing a new project for television with Adam Murfet and Jessie Oldfield, directors and producers of Why Are You Like This.
Patrick is an award-winning non-binary actor, writer and producer. Their 2018 play The Boy, George won the NZ Tour Ready Award at the Melbourne Fringe Festival and was nominated for Best Performance. In 2020, comedian Joel Creasey starred in an adaptation of this work at Chapel Off Chapel, directed by Richard Carroll. In May 2019, Patrick starred in the hit show #KWANDA by Tom Ballard, directed by Alan Brough for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. In March 2020, Patrick presented their second play, Gone Girls which will be presented in July this year as part of Gasworks Theatre's Moving Parts season. In 2021, along with partner Wil King, Patrick commissioned, produced and performed the sell-out, multi-award winning thriller DIRT by Angus Cameron at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. In 2022 they toured this work to Perth Fringe World winning Best Theatre. In 2022, Patrick premiered Naomi at Adelaide Fringe winning the Adelaide Critics Circle Award for the second year in a row. Their latest play, WOOLF won the inaugural Fast Track Award from Midsumma Festival and is due for presentation at Gasworks Arts Park in 2024. Patrick is currently working with Princess Pictures on the development of original scripted series’ for television.