The Troth | The Herald Angel Award Winner

Akademi are delighted to announce that The Troth has been awarded a Herald Angel award for it’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe run at Army @ The Fringe.

“The Troth, by Akademi, was described as a “heartbreaking show… …This is forgotten history made flesh and blood, in dance.” It is being staged as part of the Army@TheFringe programme and, through a First World War love story, tells the tale of the soldiers from India who fought in the trenches in the British army.”

Dancing to South Asian rhythms

Read: The Herald’s festival awards unveil second week of winners – The Herald
Read: Fringe Dance Reviews: POP-UP Duets (fragments of love) and The Troth – by Mary Brennan for The Herald.

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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