#BeMoreMartyn was a hashtag that trended on Twitter in the hours after the announcement of Martyn Hett’s death at the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017. Hope Theatre Company asked eight of Martyn’s closest friends and created this 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.
At the beginning, we are introduced to the main protagonist of the play; Martyn Hett and we're told who he was, what he liked and where he lived. We are then diving deeper into the rabbit hole to learn more and more about his life through a simple set up. There is no fancy choreography, no super flashy lights, not a lot of props. Stage is small and simple, thanks to that the audience member can only focus on the actors and the merit of the play, and not on the aesthetics of the play.
The original company of #BeMoreMartyn
The structure of the play is random as once we hear about his adult life and then we are back to his childhood and it feels almost like the audience member is given these random story "puzzle pieces" and it is up to them to put them all together to one massive story or just to digest it piece by piece. There are moments to think, laugh and cry; as it is a tragic event to lose such a positive influencer. It was an emotional experience.
The show was quite good however somehow the way it was written was quite flat and constant with no surprises nor plot twists and yes, it was supposed to be based on his life but I felt like it was lacking something... maybe more interaction with the audience to make them remember and change their perspective in some way?
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Overall, the whole play can leave you with a few inspiring words: Do more, Be yourself, Be more…more Martyn.