The Troth | “This production will linger as an evocative aide-memoire” ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆
“This vividly affecting piece brings the battleground centre-stage even as archive film shows Sikh soldiers in the midst of actual conflict. If the dramatic impact of this is intense, the performances unstintingly shade in the emotional maelstrom that besets the main characters.”Mary Brennan for 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.