The Troth | “Elegiac, visceral, magnetic” ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆

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Lehna Singh and Leela Akademi - The Troth (Production photography) - Credit: Simon Richardson

Phillip Lowe from East Midlands Theatre,​ reviews the UK premiere of The Troth at Curve, Leicester.

“Akādemi’s The Troth is a great many things – elegiac, visceral, highly compelling, magnetic, lovingly crafted and explosively exacting in its sixty minute dynamic performance. It is also very moving in its layered complexities that transform themselves into a dance-drama retelling of the classic Indian story of unrequited love Usne Kaha Tha – The Troth – all of which is deceptively simply and bravely told.”

Phillip Lowe from East Midlands Theatre

Read: The Troth. Superb five star dance drama | ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ | by Phillip Lowe on East Midlands Theatre. 

The Troth – Usne Kaha Tha

Akademi’s The Troth – Usne Kaha Tha is a gripping wartime story of love and loss, told through powerful dance theatre. Inspired by a 1915 short story Usne Kaha Tha by Chandradhar Sharma Guleri, it tells the story of Sardar Lehna Singh’s sacrifice of keeping his secret promise to an unrequited love while mid-conflict in the horror of the trenches of Belgium. Directed by Gary Clarke, the show features a specially-commissioned music score by Shri Sriram, and a cast including Vidya Patel (BBC Young Dancer 2015 finalist).

2018 UK and International tour dates

6 JanJaipur Literature Festival, Jaipur
29 JanKamani Auditorium, New Delhi
2 FebBharat Bhavan, Bhopal
4 FebTarang Auditorium, Jabalpur
8 FebHaryana Kala Parishad Multi Art Cultural Centre
20 & 21 FebCurve Theatre, Leicester
5 Mar ArtsEkta, Belfast
10 Mar Tacchi Morris Theatre, Taunton
13 Mar Edge Hill Arts Centre, Ormskirk
16 MarDuke’s Theatre, Lancaster
5 MaySouthbank Centre, London

The Troth is funded by Arts Council England; Ministry of Culture, Government of India; Armed Forces Covenant Fund; Cockayne Grants for the Arts through the London Community Foundation; PRS for Music Foundation; ICCR; and Air India. Partners include UK-India Year of Culture; British Council; The Space; Imperial War Museum; National Army Museum; The Nehru Centre, London; Watermans Arts Centre; and Teamwork Arts.

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