Martyn Bennett died in 2005 at the age of 33. Right now, in a small rehearsal space at Platform in Easterhouse, dancers, actors and one of Grit: the Martyn Bennett story is part of the
Grit, incidentally, which Bissett blasts in her car most days to get herself energised, is being re-released by Real World to coincide with the production of the play. There are also very early recordings in the play, not heard before.
The show, conceived as a celebration of Bennett, focuses on his musical and artistic journey, rather than lingering on his death from Hodgkin's lymphoma. There will be dance, aerial artists from
Bissett met me for a coffee this week and she explained her vision for the show. She has talked extensively with Bennett's family, his mother Margaret, who is portrayed by
"What I took very strongly from all those people was the incredible life force that he was, a ball of energy and enthusiasm for everything around him, not just with the music: he was a rock climber, a cyclist, and everything he did, he did with a 1000% focus," she said.
"In that very short life, those 33 years, before he tragically left us too early, look at what he achieved. That's what we focus on."
The play goes back to Bennett's childhood, his years in Gaelic speaking communities in
Of course viewer know the ultimate end of the story. That is the challenge for Bissett. "We chart his journey, all the elements make a creative individual. And yes it's a man battling mortality because he had cancer for most of his adult life." Grit will be a celebration of Bennett's achievements. And it will be fascinating to see.
Martyn Bennett died in 2005 at the age of 33. Right now, in a small rehearsal space at Platform in Easterhouse, dancers, actors and one of
Grit: the Martyn Bennett story is part of the