LONDON – In Loyal Company embarks on an extensive UK tour this year, returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe after a sell-out run in 2018. Based on the incredible true story of Arthur Robinson’s experiences as a Prisoner of War during World War II, this poignant tale of survival and sacrifice is written and performed by his great-nephew David William Bryan. Arthur ‘Joe’ Robinson was a packer on the Liverpool docks in 1941, before signing up as a private in the 18th Reconnaissance Division after the death of his best friend during the Blitz. The ship to his deployment in Singapore is sunk by Japanese bombers and Joe is declared missing. It’s another four years before he finally makes it home.
In Loyal Company is a fresh take on the war epic and promises to move audiences around the country, taking viewers from the Liverpool docks to Prisoner of War camps in Thailand, and featuring stunning sound and lighting design by Jonny Ryan. Bringing to life the reality of World War II, the production shines a light on Britain’s former servicemen and women, and their courage and loyalty in the face of extreme adversity.
Says writer/performer David William Bryan: “It’s a privilege to honour my great uncle whilst also raising awareness of the sacrifices made by so many brave men and women during World War II. Pulled from their sweethearts and the cobbled streets they knew, In Loyal Company tackles with great empathy the brutal reality faced by the ordinary people who signed up to fight and were thrust into unknown landscapes and imminent danger. This utterly human piece exposes the horrors of the internment camps.”
In Loyal Company tours the UK from now to November 2019. For a full list of venues, tour dates, and tickets visit their website here