After sell out performances of #BeMoreMartyn in 2017, Hope Theatre Company return to Hope Mill to celebrate the life of Martyn Hett on the first anniversary of his death in the Manchester Arena bombing.
After this Hope will be touring the production to London and Brighton. We're looking to raise additional money to help fund the project along with the Arts Council and private funding we've applied for. The show will cost around £27,000 to tour with 8 performers.
The Story of #BeMoreMartyn
Verbatim theatre is a form of documentary theatre in which plays are constructed from the precise words spoken by people interviewed about a particular event or topic. #BeMoreMartyn is a new piece of verbatim theatre, about an extraordinary person – Martyn Hett.
I didn’t know Martyn but, like thousands of others I’d liked and shared his videos and even glimpsed his Deirdre tattoo once as my husband and I were rushing through the gay village. I have many friends who
knew Martyn and it was for that reason that I found myself at his funeral, sat next to my co-producer Mike.
We were both incredibly moved by the memories shared that day, and couldn’t think of a more fitting theatrical tribute than interviewing Martyn’s friends and sharing their stories of the boy with the
Deirdre tattoo. I also wanted to discover for myself what it means to ‘Be More Martyn’.
A huge thank you to Martyn’s family for supporting this production and to his eight friends who gave up their time, so soon after their loss, to share their memories of Martyn.
Thank you for supporting us and enabling us to celebrate the life of a remarkable, inspiring young man and we hope you will share our message far and wide to Be More Martyn.
Adam Zane, Artistic Director, Hope Theatre Company
About the Show
#BeMoreMartyn trended on Twitter in the hours after the announcement Martyn's death – but what does it mean?
Manchester based Hope Theatre Company asked eight of Martyn's closest friends and created a unique piece of verbatim theatre using their words. They give a remarkable insight into an extraordinary young man, who transformed each and every one of them.
Martyn’s friends take us on a journey from the cobbles of Canal Street to his legendary Eurovision parties, celebrating Coronation Street, Mariah Carey and Michelle McManus along the way.
Martyn’s outrageous and hilarious take on popular culture is brought to life on stage including his infamous Deirdre Barlow tattoo and the YouTube sensation that is The Audrey Roberts Noise.
This new play celebrates the power of friendship and encourages audiences to live life to the full, to be proud of who you are and to #BeMoreMartyn.
“This verbatim piece beautifully captured the indefatigable spirit of a very special young man who somehow made the world sparkle a little brighter just by being in it. Beautifully staged and performed, it was a perfect tribute to him and to the city he loved" - Julie Hesmondhalgh
Martyn Hett was a 29-year- old PR Specialist. He was the Digital Manager at Rumpus PR, a firm in Altrincham. He lived in Stockport. Martyn attended the University of Liverpool for two years before transferring to the University of the Arts London. He graduated in 2012 with a degree in Media & Cultural Studies. Martyn, a former Attitude, Heat Magazine and Huffington Post contributor, had also appeared on television shows including Come Dine With Me and Tattoo Fixers. Martyn, was a longtime Coronation Street fan and sported a large tattoo of iconic soap character Deirdre Barlow on his left leg.