#BeMoreMartyn: The Boy with the Deirdre Tattoo

#BeMoreMartyn: The Boy with the Deirdre Tattoo

Pleasance Theatre · 21 MAY - 25 MAY

#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?

“When Martyn Hett was killed by the Manchester Arena Bomb, the hashtag #BeMoreMartyn inspired people to learn from his life-affirming approach to life. Created through conversations with his friends, this piece of verbatim theatre is rough around the edges and incredibly heart-warming. Theatre that celebrates the life of a young man with a gift for friendship.”


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.

Critic reviews

This is a far more interestingly crafted work than a jog through Martyn’s life. It becomes a meditation on what friendship really means

The Guardian

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

Reviews Hub

A beautifully realised production which enables you to laugh, cry and celebrate the life of a man who lived for the moment

I Love Manchester

We leave determined to celebrate our own journeys, influences and impact upon others, and marvel at the wonder of those we live with today. So that has to be a winner right?

G Scene

The performance is genuinely funny, Martyn’s vigour, zest for life and mischief translates perfectly as each story unfolds. The cast of eight are all fascinating to watch – the authenticity and weight behind the words is palpable

Upstaged Manchester

A moving verbatim performance

The Stage

Date & time

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Tue 21 May - Sat 25 May, 3.30pm & 8pm


Pleasance Theatre
Carpenters Mews, North Road N7 9EF London, UK · Get Directions

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