Akademi’s new physical dance work tells a gripping wartime story of love and loss.

The Troth is a live theatre production inspired by a classic 100-year old Hindi short story, Usne Kaha Tha. As the action moves from rural India to the trenches of Belgium, 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, choreographer Gary Clarke unfolds the poignant narrative through powerful contemporary dance, evocative music and archive film. Through this live silent film experience, the audience will be transported to a peaceful rural Punjab in late 1800s before finding themselves mid-conflict in the Belgian trenches. 

Created as part of UK/ India Year of Culture 2017, The Troth features some of the UK’s most exciting and versatile young dancers and is directed by a leading, award-winning choreographer.

Produced by Akademi

Choreography and Direction – Gary Clarke

Dramaturg – Lou Cope 

Music – Shri

Film – Josh Hawkins

Lighting – Charles Webber

Photo credit – Simon Richardson, Location courtesy – Tara Arts 

Trailer credit – Josh Hawkins

Creative consultants – Tripurari Sharma (National School fo Drama); Ashok Sagar Bhagat (National School of Drama); Dr. Santanu Das, Amarjit Chandan, Jasdeep Singh

Cast – Daniel Hay-Gordon, Deepraj Singh, Dom Coffey, Songhay Toldon, Subhash Viman Gorania, Vidya Patel

India Schedule 

26 January | Hawa Mahal, Jaipur Literature Festival | 7:30 pm

29 January | Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi | 6:30 pm

2 February | Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal | 

4 February | Tarang Auditorium, Jabalpur | 7:30 pm 

8 February | Haryana Kala Parishad, Multi Art Cultural Centre | 6:00 pm 


UK Schedule

20 & 21 February | Curve Theatre, Leicester

5 March | ArtsEkta, Belfast

10 March | Tacchi Morris Theatre, Taunton

13 March | Edge Hill Arts Centre, Ormskirk

16 March | Duke’s Theatre, Lancaster


The Troth by Akademi
The Troth - Tara Arts ©

Simon Richardson

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