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King of Bangor



Written by Lee Gambin – Directed by Dione Joseph


A Theatrical Exploration into the Creative Mind of Novelist Stephen King



King of Bangor is a new one act play by renowned Australian playwright, Lee Gambin. A spine chilling glimpse into the world of one of the horror genre’s most prolific writers (as well as one of the most reclusive) Stephen King.




In oppressive darkness, successful novelist Stephen King sits on his throne mapping out a new story of the macabre. But there is a problem; he’s stuck. Writer’s block has set in. But soon familiar voices offer advice and King begins to type: the flow comes and goes just as distractions and inspirations surface - then disappear then reappear. Real life begins to merge with his creative stream of consciousness and his creations start to mirror and comment on his own existence in a terrifying downward spiral.


What will happen to the artist and his creations when the narrow divide between fact and fiction melt?Reality dims. What will happen to the artist and his creations when the narrow divide between fact and fiction, truth and reality melt?


Under the direction of inspired young theatre maker Dione Joseph be prepared for a scintillating journey that takes you deep within the world of a writer struggling with a tyrannical block.


King of Bangor examines the relationship between a writer and his work: the truths and alternative truths that emerge from a writer’s fictitious creations; creations that not only taunt and mislead the artist but also embody those lone freedoms and personal triumphs of the not-so-mad creator.


From the lonely cry of the outsider in CARRIE to the complexities of obsession and ownership in CHRISTINE to domestic unrest in THE SHINING, King of Bangor offers its audience a glimpse into the dilemmas one must face when creativity can prove dangerous.


Booking Information:


King of Bangor is showing at Bella Union, Trades Hall

29, 30 June, 1, 2 July 2011

6, 7, 8, 9 July 2011 1.00pm and 8.00pm

Full: $30.00
Concession: $25.00
Book tix at: www.bellaunion.com.au

Website: www.bellaunion.com.au


Lee Gambin, Author


A Melbourne based playwright, screenwriter, film and theatre essayist and journalist for famed USA horror film magazine Fangoria Lee Gambin has worked in independent theatre for many years as well as Artistic Director of his own independent theatre company. He has worked as a lecturer for numerous film societies and film festivals including the Melbourne International Film Festival, the Analyzing Genre Program, Movie Maniacs Intl. and is in current collaboration with famous institutions such as American International Pictures and Famous Monsters of Filmland.



Dione Joseph, Director


Dione Joseph is a theatre maker, director, dramaturge and critic. Having trained and directed theatre in New Zealand, the USA and Australia she is now based in Melbourne working for the Australian Stage and Arts Hub as a freelance writer and reviewer. In addition, she has directed numerous production including collaborations with BOObook Theatre, Eagles Nest Theatre, Melbourne Workers Theatre, MKA Richmond as well as for several independent productions for the Fringe. Her most recent work was the highly acclaimed Student Body by Alana Valentine (2011) preceded by WORKING the musical (2010) and Cosi (2010).


Dates: Wednesday 29 June 2011 – Wednesday 29 June 2011



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