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In 2017 the whole of the UK was rocked by the devastation of the Manchester Arena Bombings which tragically took the lives of 22 people and injured many others. Included in the list of those who lost their lives were Liam Curry and Chloe Rutherford from South Shields as well as Martyn Hett, a 29-year-old PR specialist and a former Manchester Evening News, Attitude, Heat Magazine and Huffington Post contributor from Stockport. It’s Martyn that a touring production from Hope Theatre Company focuses on.
#BeMoreMartyn: The Boy With The Deidre Tattoo, comes to Live Theatre, Newcastle on 6th-8th June and takes its dialogue from interviews with eight of Martyn’s closest friends. The production is set in Martyn’s flat above the Hat Museum in Stockport and introduces audiences to a larger than life character, his online videos, Eurovision parties and legendary trip to Blackpool. The name comes from the hashtag that trended on Twitter in the hours after the announcement of Martyn’s death and celebrates the lifelike Deirdre Barlow tattoo that Martyn has on his leg.
The play is created by Adam Zane and Mike Lee of Hope Theatre Company and features Coronation Street star Sue Nicholls (Audrey Roberts) and Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus amongst the celebrities that feature in stories recounted by Martyn’s closest friends.
Talking about the play, Hope Theatre Company’s Artistic Director, Adam Zane commented: “Martyn’s family have been overwhelmingly supportive of the project from the very beginning, they put us in touch with the eight incredible friends that audiences get to know throughout the production. After hours of interviews with them, laughing and crying, we are in awe of how Martyn transformed people.

We’ve tried to create a play that is funny, uplifting and veers away from what actually happened that night. We want to celebrate Martyn’s zest for life and his huge personality. He had a unique talent for friendship and that’s something audiences take away with them”

Tickets and more information are available from Live Theatre’s Box Office.

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