Hurricane Rooms

Hurricane Rooms

About Hurricane Rooms –
"Earlier on today, apparently, a woman rung the BBC and said she heard there was a hurricane on the way... well, if you're watching, don't worry, there isn't!"
Michael Fish
BBC Weather Presenter
15th October 1987

A thirty-something couple are holed up in their home in a south-coast seaside town. It is October 1987 and ‘The Great Storm’ is raging outside.

There is a power outage. They pass the time eating the food whilst it is still fresh, and making love to the accompaniment of slates falling from the roof.

A fault develops with the telephone system and they can’t dial out - but instead there develops the ultimate ‘party line’ with everyone who tries to make a call within a small area, being drawn into a group telephone conversation, where everyone can converse with everyone else.

The fault persists for several days and people come and go from the group, but all talk to other strangers in ways they would never contemplate in normal circumstances. There are confidences given, secrets divulged and arguments. The couple are drawn into this group conversation – an analogue precursor of social media. Then the fault is fixed.

This is not the first time the couple have been in a Hurricane Room though, and the story flashes back to the previous year in the Seychelles. There are secrets from there that need to be confronted, and appropriate arrangements made - because there is one voice from that group of telephone refugees that knows exactly who he has been talking to.

The couple travel out to the New Forest to witness the aftermath of the great storm. Now, however, there is another storm coming.

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