The Troth | “A layered, heartfelt production” ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆
“Memory is at the heart of Akademi’s superb The Troth. A cinematic story of love and sacrifice, it also pays tribute to the 60,000 Indian soldiers who died serving the British Army in the First World War. Vivid storytelling is paired with mesmerising archive footage to create a layered, heartfelt production … With the clarity of good filmmaking, The Troth moves from an individual, human story to a wide canvas of politics and history.”Zoë Anderson from The Independent
Read: The Troth, Southbank Centre, London, review: Pays tribute to 60,000 Indian soldiers who died in WWI | ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ | by Zoë Anderson for The Independent.
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 Jan||Jaipur Literature Festival, Jaipur|
|29 Jan||Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi|
|2 Feb||Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal|
|4 Feb||Tarang Auditorium, Jabalpur|
|8 Feb||Haryana Kala Parishad Multi Art Cultural Centre|
|20 & 21 Feb||Curve Theatre, Leicester|
|5 Mar||ArtsEkta, Belfast|
|10 Mar||Tacchi Morris Theatre, Taunton|
|13 Mar||Edge Hill Arts Centre, Ormskirk|
|16 Mar||Duke’s Theatre, Lancaster|
|5 May||Southbank 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.