Incredible story of Second World War soldier missing in action to be told at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

David William Bryan is to take to the stage of the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, next month, with his one-man show, “In Loyal Company”.

It is the incredible true story of his great uncle Arthur Robinson, who was a missing Second World War soldier and prisoner of war.

May 1941. Hitler’s bombs rain on Liverpool. Local packer, Arthur Robinson, joins up becoming a private in the 18th reconnaissance division. Deployed to Singapore, his ship is destroyed by Japanese dive bombers on arrival. Arthur is declared missing. This extraordinary true story of survival is a tour-de-force war epic.

“In Loyal Company” premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018, selling out 30 shows in 27 days. Having then toured extensively throughout 2019, it returned to Edinburgh Fringe and sold out another 30 shows in a venue twice the size of 2018’s.

David William Bryan is an actor, writer and producer from Hull, East Yorkshire. He studied a Business Management degree at Leeds University before training as an actor at the Stella Adler Studio in New York, playing Hamlet in his final year.

He returned to the UK in 2012 and now lives in London. His other works include “Fragility of Man” – bringing to life one man’s struggle to climb out of the vicious cycle of poverty, addiction and violence he was born into; and “Trashed” – a dark narrative following alcoholic bin man Keith “Goody” Goodman, hiding out on a fly tipping site.

“In Loyal Company” is at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds for one night only on Wednesday, March 4, at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale via the Box Office, call 01284 769505, book online at or visit the theatre in person.

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