"Really? Have the British sent a fool? Do they want to turn partition into a Gilbert and Sullivan opera?"
London, 1947. Summoned by the Prime Minister from the Court where he is presiding judge, Cyril Radcliffe is given an unlikely mission. He is to travel to India, a country he has never visited, and, with limited survey information, no expert support and no knowledge of cartography, he is to draw the border which will divide the Indian sub-continent into two new Sovereign Dominions. To make matters even more challenging, he has only six weeks to complete the task.
Wholly unsuited to his role, Radcliffe is unprepared for the dangerous whirlpool of political intrigue and passion into which he is plunged – untold consequences may even result from the illicit liaison between the Leader of the Congress Party and the Viceroy’s wife… As he begins to break under the pressure he comes to realise that he holds in his hands the fate of millions of people.
Originally performed and live streamed in 2013 on The Guardian website, this unique recording of Drawing The Line returns as part of the Hampstead Theatre At Home series. Thank you to the whole company for kindly allowing us to share this incredible play again.