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The Bagman or The Impromptu Of Muswell Hill is a radio play by John Arden, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 1970. It is 1hr 29min in length.

Plot

John Arden has a dream in which he meets an old woman who sells him a canvas bag, "A pig in a poke", he then finds himself transported to a dystopian land where the people are starving while the rich live in idleness and squalor.


Cast

  • Narrator(Arden)............Alan Dobie
  • The Young Woman............Sheila Allan
  • The Old Woman..............Hilda Kreisman
  • The Popular Minister.......Geoffrey Matthews
  • The Unpopular Minister.....Hector Ross
  • The King...................Austin Trevor
  • The Queen..................Margaret Wolfit
  • The Ambassador.............Peter Pratt

with

  • Maddie Head
  • Sonia Frazer
  • Sean Barrett
  • Wilfred Carter
  • John Rye
  • David Spenser
  • Leonard Fenton
  • Kerry Francis

Music and Special Effects by the Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Directed by Martin Esslin

Critical Reception

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