The People

Project Manager & Playwright, Avin Shah, is an actor who has appeared in several feature films, TV soaps and on stage at the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre. He’s currently appearing in Working Title’s Hollywood movie, Everest, starring Josh Brolin and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Having reached the finals for Film London’s Borough Film Fund Award in consecutive years (for developing scriptwriters and film-producers), Tara Arts commissioned him to write a the radio drama, based on the Indian Army’s experiences during World War One. He is currently writing  for BBC Radio 4’s WWI drama series, Tommies, in which he also stars.

You can contact him about the project HERE


Trench Indians FacilitatorLead Facilitator,  Chetna Pandya,  has worked as an actress around the globe on TV, film, theatre and radio. She’s appeared in several plays at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court & Soho Theatres, on Complicite’s Olivier Award-winning international hit, A Disappearing Number, and on countless TV series including Charlie Brooker’s critically acclaimed Black Mirror.

Chetna is a highly experienced drama facilitator and Co-Founder of Outspoken Arts who provide arts and media workshops for mainstream and marginalised groups.


Lead Facilitator, Richard Sumitro, has extensive experience in working with community groups as a drama workshop facilitator with Bigfoot Arts Education, Arc Theatre, Barking and Woodlands SEN School, Harrow.

As an actor, Richard has worked with BBC TV, BBC Radio 4, Vertigo Films, The Young Vic Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East (where he played Pinocchio!) and by two major children’s theatre companies: The Unicorn Theatre and also Theatre Centre, where he worked with the poet, Benjamin Zephaniah.

Recording Credits

Playwright & Project Manager – Avin Shah

Richard Sumitro
Huw Parmenter
Ronak Patani
Neet Mohan
Deven Modha
Avin Shah

Mark Norfolk

Hindustani Translation
Jatinder Verma (Tara Arts)

Production Co-ordinator
Philippa Geering (Unique)

Broadcast Assistant
Matt Willis (Unique)

Spot Effects
Alison Carter

Sound Recordist
Lucinda Mason Brown (Essential Music)

Sound Design & Editor
David Chilton (Essential Music)

Jane Morgan

This production was co-ordinated by Unique, the Production Company, Sound Design and Recording by Essential Music.

Photography & Web Design
Roman Skyva

Designer & Illustrator – National Theatre & Web Poster
Shiv Grewal

Special thanks to Jonathan Kennedy (Tara Arts), Akbar Kurtha, Dr Gajendra Singh (Author of Between Self & Sepoy), Tristan Llanglois (National Army Museum), Parmjit Singh and Harbakhsh Grewal (

Research Facilltators
Chetna Pandya, Richard Sumitro, Will Ewart & Avin Shah

Social History Researchers
Premila Trivedi
Bina Brown
Andrea Robinson
Tiur Passmore
Terhi Manuel-Garner
Esha Khanna
Raks Patel
Rez Kabir
Pali Nall
Harriet Carnevale
Javaad Malik
Raza Griffiths