BACSA EVENT –  ‘This Bloody Line’ a talk by actor Martin Bishop and Indian lunch 18 January 2023

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Actor and Hurlingham Club member Martin Bishop will speak about Britain’s connections with India, leading to Partition and the creation of India and Pakistan in 1947, on Wednesday 18 January 2023. His talk at London’s Hurlingham Club will follow a two-course Indian meal at the club.

Martin Bishop will speak about his time as an actor playing several roles in a major production in Delhi in 2007, called Live 1947, which portrayed the events leading up to the Independence of India and Pakistan. The talk will be followed by a short film, ‘This Bloody Line’, by the acclaimed Indian director and producer Ram Madvani, known for his award-winning works in Hindi cinema, in which Martin plays Sir Cyril Radcliffe, the man who drew the line which partitioned India.

The Hurlingham Club, beautifully situated on the banks of the Thames in south west London, has old established connections with India. Horsley Palmer, an East India Company merchant, let the house in the late 1830s to Richard Wellesley, a former Governor-General of India. Later polo was played there, and the Club was instrumental in drawing up the rules for polo in Britain and elsewhere.

The event will start at 12 pm on Wednesday 18 January 2023 in the dining room. Tickets are £30 for Hurlingham Club members, and £34 for non-members. BACSA members who are also members of the Hurlingham Club should book directly with the Club. Other BACSA members should book via the Events Officer, Rosemary Raza, at, with a cheque to 27 Rivermead Court, Ranelagh Gardens, London SW6 3RU. Numbers are limited and reservations will be made on a first come, first served basis.

This event is open only to BACSA members.

The Club is at the end of Ranelagh Gardens, London SW6 3PR. Putney Bridge tube station (District Line to Wimbledon) is very close. On exiting the station, a left turn under the railway bridge brings you into Ranelagh Gardens. Otherwise cars may be parked for the event in the club grounds.

2 December 2022