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FOR­MER Coro­na­tion Street favourite Paula Lane is to star in a new play cel­e­brat­ing the life of Cor­rie su­per­fan Mar­tyn Hett.

Paula, best known for play­ing Cor­rie’s Kylie Platt, has joined the cast of Hope The­atre Com­pany for #BeMoreMar­tyn: The Boy With The Deirdre Tat­too.

The play about Mar­tyn, who lost his life in last year’s Manch­ester Arena bomb­ing, will run at Hope Mill The­atre, Manch­ester, be­fore trav­el­ling to Brighton and Lon­don.

All of the words spo­ken on stage are taken word-for-word from in­ter­views with eight of Mar­tyn’s clos­est friends.

They will take au­di­ences on a jour­ney from the cob­bles of Canal Street to his le­gendary Eu­ro­vi­sion par­ties cel­e­brat­ing Mar­tyn’s favourite di­vas.

Paula will play Rachel, Mar­tyn’s school friend, in the pro­duc­tion at the award-win­ning the­atre, based on Pol­lard Street in An­coats.

Rachel talks of their first night out in the gay vil­lage, Mar­tyn’s com­ing out and his idol­i­sa­tion of Coro­na­tion Street.

Com­ment­ing on the role, Paula said: “I am so thrilled to be join­ing Hope The­atre Com­pany and to help con­tinue Mar­tyn’s legacy. To speak Rachel’s words and share her mem­o­ries is an ab­so­lute hon­our and I’m look­ing for­ward to shar­ing this im­por­tant mes­sage.”

Talk­ing about the pro­duc­tion, Adam Zane, artis­tic di­rec­tor of Hope The­atre Com­pany, said: “We’ve been over­whelmed by the sup­port of Mar­tyn’s fam­ily and friends.

“Hav­ing spent weeks speak­ing to them, we are in awe of how he trans­formed peo­ple. He changed the life of ev­ery­body he met and has since in­flu­enced so many more.

“We’re ab­so­lutely de­lighted that Paula has joined the cast of #BeMoreMar­tyn”.

Paula also fea­tures in one of Mar­tyn’s most pop­u­lar on­line videos, ‘The Au­drey Roberts Noise, which has had more than 600,000 views on YouTube.

Coro­na­tion Street bosses paid their own per­sonal trib­ute to Mar­tyn, and all those who lost their lives in the Arena at­tack, with a plaque on a bench in the soap’s new Vic­to­ria Street ex­ten­sion, which will be a per­ma­nent trib­ute to the 22 who died.

Af­ter Manch­ester, the pro­duc­tion will go to Brighton Fringe and fin­ish with a night at the South­wark Play­house in Lon­don. #BeMoreMar­tyn: The Boy With The Deirdre Tat­too will be at Hope Mill The­atre from May 22 to May 26. For tick­ets see hopethe­atre­com­pany. com ●●

For­mer Coro­na­tion Street star Paula Lane will star in the play #BeMoreMar­tyn: The Boy with the Deirdre Tat­too, a play in hon­our of Mar­tyn Hett, pic­tured inset

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