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The Troth - Usne Kaha Tha

A story of love, loss and sacrifice in World War I.

India Tour 

26 Jan – 14 Feb 2018

UK Tour

20 Feb – 16 Mar 2018

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

A physical dance work that tells a story of love, loss and sacrifice against the backdrop of the horror and conflict of World War 1. Inspired by film noir and the era of black and white films, The Troth unfolds its poignant narrative through powerful interplay between dance, music and film.

Supported by the British Council’s Reimagine India cultural exchange programme, Akademi will create and tour The Troth (based on Usne Kaha Tha – the first Hindi short story written in 1915 by Chandradhar Sharma Guleri). This international project is a collaboration between creatives from the UK and India, touring both countries during January to March 2018 as part of the UK-India Year of Culture.

Creative Team

Direction and choreography: Gary Clarke
Dramaturg: Lou Cope
Composer: Shri
Film: Josh Hawkins
Lighting: Charles Webber
Producer: Penny Andrews
Creative Consultants: Prof. Tripurari Sharma, Prof. Ashok Bhagat, Amarjit Chandan, Dr Santanu Das, Jasdeep Singh


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


Images: Simon Richardson
Trailer: Josh Hawkins
Location courtesy: Tara Arts

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