by Christopher York


Winner of the Holden Street Theatres' Edinburgh Fringe Award 2018, Build a Rocket is a powerful and uplifting one-woman show about triumph over adversity.


Yasmin is a bright 16-year-old from a small seaside town. In an instant, her life is turned upside down when she becomes pregnant with her son, Jack. Suddenly her Scarborough isn't sandcastles, arcades, and donkey rides. Abandoned by both the father of her child and her alcoholic mother, Yasmin faces one of life's great challenges completely alone - it's just Yasmin and Jack against the world. But can the thing which threatens to ruin her life actually be the thing which saves her?


Build a Rocket runs at Holden Street Theatres' as part of the Adelaide Fringe from 12 Feb - 18 Mar 2019.





Cast & Crew


Yasmin Serena Manteghi


Director Paul Robinson

Designer Helen Coyston

Lighting Designer Ben Cowens

Composer & Sound Designer Simon Slater


A co-production with Holden Street Theatres' and Stephen Joseph Theatre









"a breathless, swaggering hour of female endurance and defiance”

The Telegraph



"delivered with pedal-to-the-metal conviction"

The Scotsman



"a proper tour-de-force from a leading actor"




"an exciting modern take on the kitchen sink drama"

Edinburgh Guide



"a tour de force from Serena Manteghi whose performance blazes off the stage"

Yorkshire Post


"a high-voltage performance"

The Guardian


“Christopher York’s mile-a-minute one-woman play"

Financial Times


"a compelling performance"

The Reviews Hub


"powerfully poetic, angry, energised, enthused, fresh, vibrant, lustful, lascivious, and lustrous"

The Scarborough News