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The Locked Chest


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A Play in One Act (from a Tale in the Laxdaelasaga), by John Masefield.
Played by the Station Radio Players

This ancient Icelandic legend tells how Thorolf, pursued by Ingiald, whose brother he has slain in fair fight, seeks refuge at the house of Thord. In spite of Thord's treachery, Vigdis makes such good use of her woman's wit and a 'Locked Chest' that the adventure terminates in a surprising and unexpected fashion.
The action of the play takes place in a simply-furnished room in Thord's house. 'The Locked Chest' is large, and used as a bench. Vigdis is heard singing as she embroiders a cloth.


Writer: John Masefield
Thord Goddi (a Farmer): Donald Davies
Thorolf (Cousin of Vigdis): Ivor Maddox
Ingiald (a Lord): Sydney Evans
Vigdis Goddi (Wife of Thord) Soldiers (adherents of Ingiald): Kate Sawle

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