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Persons from Porlock is a radio play by Louis MacNeice. It was first broadcast on the BBC Third Programme on 30 August 1963[1]. MacNeice contracted pneumonia while recording sound effects in a Yorkshire cavern, and died four days after the broadcast. It was MacNeice's final play.


Twenty years in the life of a painter.


  • Hank - Jon Rollason[2]
  • Sarah - Elizabeth Morgan
  • Peter - Peter Claughton
  • Mervyn - Norman Wynne
  • Mother - Mary O'Farrell
  • Maggie - Margaret Gordon
  • Donald - Tom Watson
  • Bailiff - Charles Leno
  • Doctor - Kenneth Hyde
  • The Person - William Eedle

Directed by Louis MacNeice

Critical Reception[]


  1. [Drakakis, John (editor). British Radio Drama. Cambridge University Press 1981.]
  2. MacNeice, Louis. Persons from Porlock and other plays for radio. BBC 1969