Theatre tribute to blast victim

Date Released - 27/09/2017

THE life and legacy of Manchester Arena bomb victim Martyn Hett are celebrated in a new play by Hollingworth-based Hope Theatre Company.

Martyn, who was 29 and one of 22 people killed in the May terrorist outrage, was the son of Paul Hett who owns a long-established fishing tackle and trophies shop on Market Street, Hyde.

The play, called “#BeMore Martyn” – which has the full support of Martyn’s family – is based on memories shared with producers Adam Zane and Mike Lee. It features songs by his favourite divas and, as well as celebrating an extraordinary life, explores what Martyn’s legacy could be and asks the question “How do we be more like Martyn?”

“Coronation Street” star Sue Nicholls (Audrey Roberts) and Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus are among the celebrities who feature in stories recounted by Martyn’s closest friends.

Adam Zane, artistic director of Hope Theatre Company and director-producer of #BeMoreMartyn, said: “This is a unique event celebrating Martyn’s extraordinary take on popular culture.

“I wasn’t fortunate enough to meet him, but having spoken with many of his friends and family during research for the production, I couldn’t think of a more fitting way to share their memories of him than word for word.”

“#BeMoreMartyn” will be staged at Hope Mill Theatre, 113 Pollard Street, Ancoats, M4 7JA, on Sunday and Monday, October 22 and 23 (7.30pm). Tickets, priced £20, are available from

Hope Theatre Company, which was established in 2004, specialises in creating exciting, challenging theatre that empowers audiences.

It presents educational and original work including productions aimed for and about the LGBT+ community. Hope encourages the professional development of young actors and creatives and has a history of working with emerging LGBT+ artists.

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