The Troth heads to Edinburgh Fringe

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The Troth (video still) Kamani, Delhi, Jan 2017. © Vipul Sangoi

Akademi’s international dance theatre production The Troth will visit the Edinburgh Fringe this August for a two-week run presented by Army @ The Fringe in association with Summerhall.

Staffed by serving soldiers, Army @ The Fringe launched in 2017 and aims to present a cutting-edge programme of international work dealing with war, conflict and the experiences of those at the front line.

Directed and Choreographed by Gary Clarke, The Troth reveals the contribution and sacrifice made by Indian soldiers in World War I. The show is dedicated to the memory of the 60,000 soldiers from undivided India who died serving the British Army during 1914-18. The production has toured India and the UK to great acclaim and recently received its London premiere at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre.

The Troth includes a cast of six dancers including Dom Coffey, Daniel Hay-Gordon, Vidya Patel, Deepraj Singh, Songhay Toldon and Subhash Viman Gorania, all of whom will reprise their roles in Edinburgh.

Akademi’s presence at Army @ The Fringe builds on a growing partnership with the British Army. Musicians from the Corps of Army Music can be heard on Shri Sriram’s unique original score for the show; the dancers also benefited from military coaching during rehearsals.

The Troth, 10-25 August 2018 at 20:30 (excluding 12-13, 19-20 Aug), Hepburn House Army Reserve Centre, 89 East Claremont Street, Edinburgh
Tickets: £12/£10. Reduced price preview on 10 August: £10/£8.
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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).

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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