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Sunday 22 April 2018

BeMoreMartyn: Life Of Manchester Arena Bomb Victim Martyn Hett Celebrated In New Brighton Fringe Play

A play about the life of Manchester Arena bomb victim Martyn Hett is set to come to the Brighton Fringe almost one year since the tragic event.

#BeMoreMartyn: The Boy with the Deirdre Tattoo – named after a hashtag that trended online just hours after the 29-year-old's death was announced and Martyn's infamous tattoo of Deirdre Barlow – will run at Brighton Fringe from 29 May to 1 June 2018.
The play, parts of which premiered to sell-out crowds in October last year, is produced with the full support of Martyn's family and created from transcripts of interviews with eight of Martyn's closest friends.
In the play, his friends will explore what it is to "be more Martyn" and take the audience 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.
Commenting at the #BeMoreMartyn event, former Coronation Street actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, who is also a patron of Hope Theatre Company, said: 

"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. 

A tribute to Martyn Hett

"Beautifully staged and performed, it was a perfect tribute to him and to the city he loved, and left everyone present feeling like they wanted to live a little more fully, a little more proudly, a little less self-consciously, and a lot less seriously. A little more like Martyn."
Known for his unique take on popular culture, as well as his appearances on Come Dine with Me and Tattoo Fixers, since his death Martyn has become synonymous with living life to the full and being proud of who you are.
Michael Keating, one Martyn's friends portrayed in the play, said: "It beautifully encapsulated the legacy we're left with and the message we want people to remember."
The play has been produced by Manchester's Hope Theatre Company, which specialises in verbatim theatre and productions for and about the LGBT+ community.
Adam Zane, artistic director of Hope Theatre Company, added:

"At the beginning of this project, we didn't quite understand the power of Martyn and his influence on the people around him. 

"Having spent weeks speaking to his friends and family, we were in awe of how he transformed people. He changed the life of everybody he met and has since influenced so many more."
Prior to London, #BeMoreMartyn will be staged in Manchester and Brighton..
Mike Lee, co-producer of #BeMoreMartyn, said: 

"We want to continue to tell Martyn's story and take his legacy around the country."
For more information about #BeMoreMartyn:The Boy with the Deirdre Tattoo, visit

by: Mike Cobley


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