#BeMoreMartyn: The Boy with the Deirdre Tattoo

21st May 2019 - 25th May 2019

Downstairs - Pleasance London

8pm, 3:30pm

Suitable for ages 12 and above


Important information:

This performance contains strong language.

#BeMoreMartyn trended on Twitter in the hours after the announcement of Martyn Hett’s death in the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing – 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.

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Although the hashtag is #BeMoreMartyn, the play inspires you to #BeYourSelf. This is a lovely and heartfelt message. The play stays faithful to what Martyn would have wanted the play to be. Yes, there are the sad parts, but the focus is on lifting people’s spirits and making people feel happy. This is a sincerely crafted verbatim piece.
4 stars
The Reviews Hub
People in the audience were audibly moved by the performance at points – there was laughter, the sound of deep sorrow and resolute nods of pride. One thing is for sure, following the tragic loss of Martyn, his friends have joined together to forge tenacious and supportive friendships.
4 stars
This is a far more interestingly crafted work than a jog through Martyn’s life. It becomes a meditation on what friendship really means. It’s telling that almost everyone interviewed thought of themselves as Martyn’s best friend, saying he made them braver, more confident, more themselves. Now he’s gone. How do they fill the hole, and keep on dancing?
Lyn Gardener, The Guardian
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

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