The Troth – a First World War story of an Indian soldier’s journey to Belgium

23 March 2018 | Pamela Linden

Akademi’s The Troth is a gripping wartime story of love and loss, told through powerful dance theatre.

Inspired by the classic Hindi short story Usne Kaha Tha (written in 1915 by Chandradhar Sharma Guleri)the action moves from the intense life and colour of rural India to the horrific darkness of the trenches in Belgium where young Indian men have been brought to fight for the Allied Forces. As the drama unfolds, we learn about the secret promise made by one soldier, Lehna Singh, as he makes the ultimate sacrifice to save another.

Marking the centenary of World War I, award-winning choreographer Gary Clarke unfolds the poignant narrative through contemporary dance, music and film. The show features a specially-commissioned music score by Shri Sriram and a cast including Vidya Patel (BBC Young Dancer 2015 finalist).

Supported by Arts Council England and British Council’s Reimagine India cultural exchange programme, this international project was a collaboration between creatives from the UK and India, and toured both countries during January to March 2018 as part of the UK-India Year of Culture.

The performance has been filmed by The Space who have created a broadcast quality film of the show for a global audience to watch for free.

The film will be available on Akademi’s Facebook and YouTube channel from 20 March until the end of May.