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The Troth - Usne Kha Tha

A gripping wartime story of love and loss, told through powerful dance theatre.

Autumn Tour 2018

9 Nov | Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff
11 Nov | Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth
13 Nov | The Place, London
16 Nov | The Bramall, Birmingham
23 Nov | Watermans, Hounslow

“An act of remembrance, an emotionally charged piece of movement…it unfolds with poignant clarity” Fergus Morgan

Theatre Critic, The Stage

“A path-breaking vision of an Indian reality interpreted in contemporary choreography” Sharon Lowen

Reviewer, The Asian Age

“The memory becomes luminous just before death…”

A gripping story of love and loss set during World War One.

Moving from rural Punjab to the Belgian trenches where young Indian men have been brought to fight for the Allies, we learn about the secret promise made by one soldier, Lehna Singh, as he makes the ultimate sacrifice to save another.

Akademi’s international dance theatre production is inspired by the classic Hindi short story Usne Kaha Tha. Marking the centenary of World War I, award-winning choreographer Gary Clarke unfolds the poignant narrative through contemporary dance, music and film. With music by Shri Sriram.

Creative Team

Direction and Choreography: Gary Clarke
Assistant Director: Daniel Hay-Gordon
Dramaturg: Lou Cope
Composer: Shri Sriram
Film: Josh Hawkins
Lighting: Charles Webber
Producer: Penny Andrews

Creative Consultants: Prof. Ashok Sagar Bhagat, Amarjit Chandan, Dr Santanu Das, Prof. Tripurari Sharma, Jasdeep Singh


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

Supported by

India and Spring Tour Supporters and Partners: Ministry of Culture, Government of India; Armed Forces Covenant; Cockayne and The London Community Foundation; Open Fund, PRS Foundation; Indian Council for Cultural Relations; The Nehru Centre; Watermans; The Space; Jawahar Kala Kendra; Teamwork Arts; National Army Museum; Air India; Golden Tours Foundation; and Eastern Eye.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: British Army, Army @ the Fringe, Summerhall.

Autumn Tour: British Army.  

Media Credits

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