The Troth (3 stars)

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A gripping story of love and loss set during World War One, blending dance, original music and archive film. 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. Direction and choreography by Gary Clarke. Music by Shri Sriram. 'Gripping experience of a shared heritage' ★★★★★ ( 'Emotionally charged' (Stage). 'Uplifting… a welcome creative collaboration between cultures and continents' (

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The Troth

17 Aug 20183 stars

Moving depiction of war and young doomed love

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Choreographer Gary Clarke discusses the valuable history lessons he learned whilst designing this work of South Asian dance

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