Tue, May 21 - Sun, Jun 23 2019

#BeMoreMartyn: The Boy with the Deirdre Tattoo,

London, England, United Kingdom London, England, United Kingdom
2 Sponsors Confirmed
Randall Thorp
Manchester Life

  • About the event

    After sell out performances of #BeMoreMartyn in 2018, Hope Theatre Company return to celebrate the life of Martyn Hett on the second anniversary of his death in the Manchester Arena bombing. Venues currently confirmed for this national tour of England include The Lowry (Salford), Newcastle Live Theatre, Pleasence (London), Crucible Studio (Sheffield) & Brighton Fringe.

    #BeMoreMartyn trended on Twitter in the hours after the announcement Martyn's death – 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 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.

    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 lovedJulie Hesmondhalgh

    Why should you sponsor?

    Hope Theatre Company are celebrating our 15th anniversary this year.

    We continue to thrive as a catalyst for the LGBT+ community, bringing entertainment, education and inspiration to the many different people we engage with.

    We promote the power of performance in all kinds of ways: by staging our own productions; by helping local school children understand the LGBT+ community; by helping communities and disadvantaged people find their voices.

    We offer a valuable resource that your business can tap into; a platform to reach out and connect with the LGBT+ community. This is a real opportunity to support Hope’s initiatives to enrich the lives of the people of Manchester and the wider region.

    External Engagement

    • Engage with current and future customers
    • Our audiences are highly engaged with our brand

    Internal Engagement

    • Actively show your support for diversity
    • Supporting Hope unlocks opportunities to engage with your LGBT+ employees, and demonstrate you support them in the workplace.

    LGBT+ Engagement

    • Your brand can actively play a role in supporting a growing global movement for equality

    “Hope Theatre Company has for the past decade been presenting work that promotes equality and celebrates diversity.”
    The Independent

    Mike Lee

    Established in 2004, Hope specialises in verbatim theatre and creating exciting, challenging theatre that empowers our audiences. We present educational and original work including productions aimed for and about the LGBT+ community.

    Hope encourages the professional development of young actors and creatives and and has a history of working with emerging LGBT+ artists.

    Hope Theatre Company is based in Manchester and tours productions to schools, festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe and the Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival and theatres including the Kings Head Theatre, The Lowry and Hope Mill Theatre.

    ​In 2016 Hope launched Hope Young Actors, delivering drama classes and workshops for young people in Greater Manchester.



    In 2004 Adam set up Hope Theatre Company, specialising in verbatim theatre and creating new LGBT+ theatre. Hope produced the north-west premiere of The Laramie Project and were later invited by Tectonic Theater Project to present the UK premiere of The Laramie Project : 10 Years Later. This production was part of a global event where the new play was read by companies across the world and broadcast live from New York, hosted by Glenn Close. Adam has directed all of Hope Theatre Company’s productions to date and leads workshops on verbatim theatre and tackling homophobia and hate crime.

    Adam was Artistic Director for the George House Trust Candlelit Vigil for Manchester Pride  for over 10 years before standing down in 2016. He created original verbatim pieces and worked with artists including Sir Ian McKellen, Alison Moyet, Beverly Knight, Heather Small and Julie Hesmondhalgh.

    In 2015 and 2016, Adam directed Manchester’s World AIDS Day Vigil and worked with partners the LGBT Foundation, George House Trust, Manchester NHS and Manchester City Council.



    Julie Hesmondhalgh has been a huge supporter of Hope since our inception in 2004. We asked Julie to be Patron not only because her of her work as an actress but because she actively promotes equality and diversity in all her work. As television’s first trangender character in Coronation Street, Julie changed perceptions and challenged attitudes, making Hayley one of the shows most beloved characters.

    Julie presented our first Out/LOUD DVD for schools and in 2010 she introduced our production of The Laramie Project – 10 Years Later at The Lowry.

    We support Julie’s work with other organisations, including the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, Maundy Relief and Pancreatic Cancer.

    Warren Brown has been a member of Hope Theatre Company since our first production of The Laramie Project in 2004. He returned to Hope in 2009 to be a part of the premiere production of The Laramie Project – 10 Years Later, playing the part of Aaron McKinney. Warren first worked with Adam Zane as a student at Salford University and Hope gave Warren his first professional acting job.

    We asked Warren to be a Patron of Hope in recognition of his ongoing support and because his journey represents the aims of our company – giving young actors professional experience, nurturing their talents, introducing them to the industry and encouraging them to share their ongoing skills and knowledge with newer members of our company.

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  • 2501-5000 attendees expected

    48% Male Attendees

    52% Female Attendees

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