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In Loyal Company (Lab Rats)

By | Published on Friday 24 August 2018

David William Bryan, who last year presented an alcoholic binman in ‘Trashed’, returns with a new solo play that tells the story of his uncle Arthur Robinson, a soldier captured by the Japanese army in the Second World War. The script, written in collaboration with Sascha Moore, is performed energetically, and Bryan’s Robinson has a wide-eyed innocence that draws our sympathy as he heads toward the front line. It’s a shame that, in trying to capture a flavour of those times, the play sometimes strays into ugly territory. Talk of “shooting the Japs” is jarring but, I suppose, may be nigh-on inevitable; describing a brother’s bringing home a German-speaking Czech wife as “stealing from the enemy” is pitiful.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Alexander Hartley]