The Morning Room

Sixty year-old Sarah Mottram, a doctor’s receptionist, and her younger brother, Ralph, a teacher, return to their family home after their mother’s funeral.  They discuss both their past and future, betraying the sterility of their emotional lives.  Sarah shocks Ralph by announcing that she wishes to use her share of the legacy in order to travel, but she abandons her dreams, with surprising speed, when their aunt reveals her own fears and needs.  Bereft of the role of dutiful daughter, Sarah takes on that of dutiful niece.

The Morning Room was broadcast on Radio Four in August 1985 with the following cast:

Sarah MottramAnna Massey

Ralph MottramHugh Dickson

Aunt UrsulaPauline Letts

Directed by Richard Wortley